Woodblock of Plunbago & Gaillardia by Tanigami Konan, from the series,Seiyo Soka Zofu, or aPictorial Book of Western Flowers
The woodblock process requires a separate block for virtually every colour. A simple subject by Japanese standards would usually use up to nine different blocks. A key block would be cut first, giving the outlines of the image drawn by the artist.
Tanigami Konan (1879-1928)
Konan was a renowned woodblock artist and the first to depict western flowers in traditional Japanese woodblocks. These followed the Japan-British Exhibition of 1910 that presented the best of Japanese products to the west. From: ‘Seiyo Soka Zofu’,(Pictorial Book of Western Flowers).
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