“Imaukiyo-e” - the women of today, painted.
“There may have been many reprints of the works of Bijinga painters such as Kitagawa Utamaro and Takehisa Yumeji, but you have to go back more than 100 years to fin originals. In fall 2011, “Imaukiyo-e” was published - a collaboration of creations between popular Kyoto-based illustrator, Kunie Kanbara and Kenji Takenaka, from the fifth generation of “Takenaka Woodblock Printing Studio”, with the theme being “Ukiyo-e of the modern age”. What they are trying to replicate is the popular “Bijinga” genre, which was well-liked among common people during Edo period. Their focus this time is off course the beautiful women of modern day Japan.
It takes the combined skills of the pattern-creating artist, the wood-carver and color-layering printer to create one woodblock-print.
As well as being involved in the recreation of classic works as a print craftsman, conversely Mr. Takenaka is also active as a woodblock artist, expressing truth through simple compositions, and for him this is the first project where he has created Bijinga from scratch. “To create these, the colored pigments being used are limited, creating colors that are not seen in past Bijinga. From my position as a printer, I want to create a “Heisei color” that reflects the current era.”
At the moment, we have finished 7 pieces of the set of 10 that we decided we'd create. These pieces fo not have the charm of Utamaro's works or the melancholy of Yumeji's, and instead reflect the free-living, resilience and genteelness of modern women.
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※The new items shown here are scheduled to go on sale from the end of May.