Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Awash in Color: French and Japanese Prints

A current exhibit at the Smart Museum of Art (The University of Chicago); "Awash in Color" explores the roles, functions, and technology of color in French and Japanese prints. It features more than one hundred and thirty prints and illustrated books dating from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, drawn from the Smart Museum’s substantial holdings as well as major public and private collections across the country. The exhibit runs from October 4, 2012 to January 20, 2013.

Top: Henri Rivière, Vegetable Garden at Ville-Hue (Saint-Briac), 1890, From the Breton Landscapes, Color woodblock print printed from eight blocks on eighteenth-century Japanese laid paper. For more info visit Smart Museum of Art website.


  1. I'm still trying to achieve such vibrant colors....
    The blue in the upper corrne/aqua of the mid-range foliage..and the not-too-perfect but very beautiful bokashi foreground. Wish I could go to see the rest of the show.

  2. What a wonderful vibrant piece. Like Andrew, I wish I could see it 'in the flesh', nose up to the glass, nervous guards all around!