"Japanese Printmaking 1941-1950" Exhibition

Chiba City Museum of Art

poster for "Japanese Printmaking 1941-1950" Exhibition

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This exhibition features Japanese prints created in the 1940s, starting from works created in 1941, the year when the Pacific War began. A wide range of cultural activities were prohibited during this time and artists had to hide from public exposure through newspapers and magazines. Some printmakers worked for the country through a government organization, and some created works by visiting deserted areas and portraying the landscapes of Japan. Sadly, some artists died in the war before they could explore their artistic careers.

In the postwar period, the Japanese printmaking started to bloom, revealing new forms of expressions. There was a major abstract art movement and various artists were discovered at international art exhibitions and they started to lead the art scene.

This exhibition mainly features works created before 1950, as well as some pieces from 1953. From the modern period to the beginning of contemporary printmaking, this exhibition introduces the dynamic times in the history of Japanese printmaking.

[Image: Taro Kato "Desire" from "Jeu d'object 2" (1945) Woodblock print. Koriyama City Museum of Art Collection]

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