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In 1603, the supreme leader of Japan, Tokugawa Leyasu, named the city of Edo (modern-day Tokyo) as the capital of the archipelago. This decision led to a blossoming of the arts for more than two and a half centuries, known as the Edo period. During this period, with the exception of a few trade deals, Japan completely closed its borders. It developed a strong and striking culture, particularly when it came to printmaking. Already popular in China, printmaking was popularised in Japan by Hishikawa Moronobu and Suzuki Harunob. Strong competition and a price war emerged between printmakers in Edo. At the time, prints had a commercial purpose and were not considered as works of art. The names of their creators were not known as several people were involved in their production. Prints were a part of everyday life. They could be found on calendars, as decorations or on advertisements. Later, there were also prints made of 19th century actors, which are among the rarest and most expensive prints today, especially those by Toshusai Sharaku. The most famous prints are those of landscapes, a genre represented by masters such as Hokusai and Hiroshige and which inspired many European painters in the 19th and early 20th century. Japanese society had a deeply-held belief that everyone is inhabited by souls and spirits; consequently, prints depicting legends are also very prized. During this period, when life was tough for the Japanese people and when men enjoyed great sexual freedom, many erotic prints were created, including the famous "Abuna-e" and the licentious "Shunga". Over the centuries, the value of prints increased and engravers gained more recognition. They spread throughout the world when Japan's borders were re-opened, which led to a fascination with printmaking amongst many artists. The process of making a print is simple but hard to master: glue is applied to a block, the drawing is glued to it, facing the wood, then the engraver scores the lines, hollows out the surrounding wood and then engraves the drawing. The engraver engraves as many blocks as there are colours in the image. Finally, he applies colour to the engraved block, spreading it out and prints the image onto a surface. In the 19th century, printmaking gained popularity in the Western world, following two universal exhibitions in Paris and London in 1870. Artists began collecting them and then imitating the technique and style of ukyo-e (images of the floating world). This is called Japonism. The artists who drew inspiration from Japan include Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Vincent Van Gogh who were all fascinated by the artworks of the prolific Edo period which provided them with new rules, new subjects and a new colour palette. Van Gogh even wrote: “All my work is based to some extent on Japanese art... Japanese art, in decline in its own country, is taking new roots among French Impressionist artists." Impressionism, like printmaking, focused on the outdoors and aimed to depict a personified version of nature. It was also inspired by Japanese engravers and their way of breaking the rules of perspective to focus instead on movement, light and colour.

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Blandine Galtier, Epi C1, Print

Blandine Galtier

Epi C1, 2019
31.5 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Atsuko Ishii, Go and do, Print

Atsuko Ishii

Go and do, 2019
8.3 x 5.9 x 0.2 inch


Jo Di Bona, Alone 80, Print

Jo Di Bona

Alone 80, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 inch


Zenoy, Estampe rehaussée, Print


Estampe rehaussée, 2017
27.6 x 27.6 inch


Our recommendations Barthélémy Toguo, Take a Green Breath, Print

Barthélémy Toguo

Take a Green Breath, 2017
47.2 x 63 inch


Jean-Paul Agosti, Canopée, Print

Jean-Paul Agosti

Canopée, 2002
13.4 x 10.6 inch


Jacques Monory, Meurtre n°5, Print

Jacques Monory

Meurtre n°5, 2014
35.2 x 23.6 inch


Romain Froquet, Fertile 2, Print

Romain Froquet

Fertile 2, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Enki Bilal, Bug N°1 - Réhaut original . technique mixte par l'artiste Enki Bilal, Print

Enki Bilal

Bug N°1 - Réhaut original . technique mixte par l'artiste Enki Bilal, 2017
23.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Bernar Venet, Grib, Print

Bernar Venet

Grib, 2016
11 x 15.2 x 0.4 inch


Brecht Evens, Piscine des Rigoles, Print

Brecht Evens

Piscine des Rigoles, 2018
25.2 x 36 inch


François Avril, L'Aube, Print

François Avril

L'Aube, 2017
25.4 x 35.6 inch


Alain Séchas, Trottinette, Print

Alain Séchas

Trottinette, 2018
47.2 x 31.5 inch


Our recommendations Laurent Grasso, Blackout, Print

Laurent Grasso

Blackout, 2016
6 x 8.3 inch


Bom.K, Print Death & Disaster, Print


Print Death & Disaster, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Jacques Loustal, Route Côtière, Print

Jacques Loustal

Route Côtière, 2017
31.9 x 24.6 inch


Thomas Ott, Der Kaiser, Print

Thomas Ott

Der Kaiser, 2018
16.1 x 13.8 inch


Yuichi Yokoyama, Sans Titre, Print

Yuichi Yokoyama

Sans Titre, 2018
16.5 x 12.2 inch


Lek, Estampe 1, Print


Estampe 1, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 inch


Éric Lambé, 19m2, Print

Éric Lambé

19m2, 2017
17.1 x 16.1 inch


Stéphane Blanquet, Régulateur Altéré, Print

Stéphane Blanquet

Régulateur Altéré, 2016
24.8 x 37.2 inch


Levalet & Zenoy, Collaboration - Levalet/Zenoy - Pandore, Print

Levalet & Zenoy

Collaboration - Levalet/Zenoy - Pandore, 2018
27.6 x 27.6 inch


Nicolas de Crécy, Corsica, Print

Nicolas de Crécy

Corsica, 2017
19.8 x 26.1 inch


Myriam Mechita, J’ai absorbé tes rêves comme des nuages noirs, Print

Myriam Mechita

J’ai absorbé tes rêves comme des nuages noirs, 2020
19.7 x 14.6 inch


Winshluss, Over the Rainbow, Print


Over the Rainbow, 2018
47.2 x 31.5 inch


James Rielly, French Ghosts, Print

James Rielly

French Ghosts, 2017
45.7 x 63 inch


Pascal Rabaté, Paysage dans le Désordre, Print

Pascal Rabaté

Paysage dans le Désordre, 2018
20.1 x 14.4 inch


Pierre La Police, Tata, Print

Pierre La Police

Tata, 2018
24 x 35.4 inch


Al Sticking, La peinture à Elise, Print

Al Sticking

La peinture à Elise, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Walter Barrientos, Hormiga Amoroso, Print

Walter Barrientos

Hormiga Amoroso, 2011
61.4 x 21.7 x 2 inch


Fabrice Rebeyrolle, Arbre inversé, Print

Fabrice Rebeyrolle

Arbre inversé, 2018
20.1 x 13.8 inch


Damien Deroubaix, Control, Print

Damien Deroubaix

Control, 2017
27.6 x 33.5 inch


Gilles Barbier, Banana Head, Print

Gilles Barbier

Banana Head, 2018
29.5 x 41.3 inch


Ërell, "K", Print


"K", 2017
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Agnès Thurnauer, Biotope, Print

Agnès Thurnauer

Biotope, 2017
60 x 47 inch


Loulou Picasso, Ein Blick (Un Coup d'Œil), Print

Loulou Picasso

Ein Blick (Un Coup d'Œil), 2018
26.2 x 19.1 inch


Lorenzo Mattotti, Tiepolo 1 (La Danse), Print

Lorenzo Mattotti

Tiepolo 1 (La Danse), 2016
29.7 x 41.7 inch


Djamel Tatah, Sans Titre, Print

Djamel Tatah

Sans Titre, 2018
19.3 x 19.3 inch


Fabien Boitard, Sans titre, Print

Fabien Boitard

Sans titre, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Art Spiegelman, Silent Six, Print

Art Spiegelman

Silent Six, 2018
31.1 x 39.4 inch


Patrice Killoffer, Première Pierre, Print

Patrice Killoffer

Première Pierre, 2017
28 x 34.3 inch


Luciano Castelli, Revolving Litho, Print

Luciano Castelli

Revolving Litho, 2018
39.4 x 55.1 inch


Christophe Blain, Aline, Print

Christophe Blain

Aline, 2018
63 x 47.2 inch


Pakito Bolino, Nicktendo-SS, Print

Pakito Bolino

Nicktendo-SS, 2009
25.6 x 17.7 x 0.1 inch


Taheshi, Sans titre, Print


Sans titre, 2014
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Hugues Micol, La Pandilla, Print

Hugues Micol

La Pandilla, 2018
19.8 x 21.7 inch


David Beauchard (David B.), Mon Grand-Père sur le Front, Print

David Beauchard (David B.)

Mon Grand-Père sur le Front, 2017
25.6 x 31.5 inch


Frédéric Poincelet, Chaussette, Print

Frédéric Poincelet

Chaussette, 2017
23.7 x 30.9 inch


Jochen Gerner, Spreekwoorden, Print

Jochen Gerner

Spreekwoorden, 2017
17.3 x 19.8 inch


Bruno Peinado, Sans titre, Print

Bruno Peinado

Sans titre, 2020
14.8 x 43.3 inch


François Righi, Séparation, n°13/25, Print

François Righi

Séparation, n°13/25, 2019
13 x 12.4 inch


Jean-Louis Toutain, Sous le réverbère, Print

Jean-Louis Toutain

Sous le réverbère, 2019
22 x 15 inch


Miquel Wert, Kick off, Print

Miquel Wert

Kick off, 2015
7.1 x 7.1 inch


Viza, Aux armes, Print


Aux armes, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch


Toto (Le Baron) Pissaco, La Bataille, Print

Toto (Le Baron) Pissaco

La Bataille, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Yves Duffour, Passe de muleta, Print

Yves Duffour

Passe de muleta, 2008
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Quayola, Iconographies #29 : Judith & Holofernes d'après Artemisia Gentileschi, Print


Iconographies #29 : Judith & Holofernes d'après Artemisia Gentileschi, 2015
22.8 x 16.5 x 0.2 inch


Philippe Starck, Sans titre, Print

Philippe Starck

Sans titre, 1989
40.2 x 28.3 inch


Carme Serra Viaplana, Sin Titulo, Print

Carme Serra Viaplana

Sin Titulo, 1978
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch


Adolf Frohner, Wiener Aktionismus, Forêt 1963 Forest, Print

Adolf Frohner

Wiener Aktionismus, Forêt 1963 Forest, 1963
29.1 x 21.3 x 0.2 inch


Joseph Sima, Fragment 2, Print

Joseph Sima

Fragment 2, 1971
9.8 x 7.5 inch


Hervé Bourdin, Denouement, Print

Hervé Bourdin

Denouement, 1971
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Oriol Vilapuig, Composition 4, Print

Oriol Vilapuig

Composition 4, 2000
22.4 x 30.3 inch


Theodora Varnay Jones, 0-4, Print

Theodora Varnay Jones

0-4, 2010
14 x 11 inch


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