1910 - ...

In the 20th century woodblock printing was revived in new contexts. These ranged from the meticulous if sterile reproduction of famous works of art to the sōsaku hanga (‘creative prints’) movement, in which the artist was responsible for all stages of print production, including design, block-cutting and printing. From 1915 to 1940, a neo-ukiyoe style ran parallel with the sōsaku hanga movement. The neo-ukiyoe movement was based on publishers contracting artists, block-cutters and printers to produce prints of women, actors and landscapes for a largely foreign clientele. These prints were issued in numbered, limited editions and were intended for an exclusive audience. The contrast with Edo-period prints could not have been greater.
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