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Color Woodcut International: Japan, Britain and America in the Early Twentieth Century


The Chazen's collection provides most of the color woodcut prints for this major exhibition catalogue that explores the remarkable similarities in graphic styles, subject matter, and technique of artists creating color woodcuts in three nations, constituting a short-lived but lively international style. Kendall Brown, associate professor of Asian art at California State University Long Beach, discusses the profound impact of Japanese artists on the western work and provides a fascinating overview of Asian aesthetics in his essay “Impressions of Japan: Print Interactions East and West.” Nancy Green, curator at Cornell University’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, offers a compelling essay “Temptations of the East: The Influence of Japanese Color Woodcuts on British Printmaking.” Andrew Stevens, print curator at the Chazen Museum of Art, highlights the distinctly American aspects of the international color woodcut style in his essay ”The Spread of Style: Americans and the Color Woodcut of the Early Twentieth Century.” Through words and images, this catalogue charts the influences that led the international woodcut style to grow, flourish, and eventually wither.

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