- Museum number
- Object: Unpitsu soga 運筆麁画 (The Moving Brush in 'Rough' Painting)
Illustrated book. Vol. 2 of three volumes. Woodblock technique for the 'rough' (so) style. Woodblock-printed.
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Height: 25.70 centimetres
Width: 18.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hillier and Smith 1980
Morikuni's preface deals with the technique of the 'so' or cursive style in painting, featuring rapid brush strokes reminiscent of a sketch. The woodblock technique is an early example of the method of securing gradated tonal effects by 'lowering' or scraping certain areas of the blocks and thus approaching the appearance of real brushwork more closely.
Brown, Louise Norton, 'Block Printing and Book Illustration in Japan', London and New York, 1924, pp. 64-5.
Toda, Kenji, 'Descriptive Catalogue of the Japanese and Chinese Illustrated Books in the Ryerson Library of the Art Institute of Chicago', Chicago, 1931, p. 319.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
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- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: JH.92 (Hillier no.)