Three Hundred Years: Japanese Woodblock Prints

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Alongside Jill Campbell’s exhibition, ‘Fell Walks’, Gallagher & Turner will be showing ‘Three Hundred Years’, a selection of Japanese woodblock prints. The golden age of Japanese woodblock printing in the 18th and 19th centuries saw the spread of a highly popular and affordable art form, described as ukiyo-e, or 'pictures of the floating world'. The floating world is an expression meaning the fleeting, ephemeral pleasures of life: the theatre, beautiful women, or courtesans, folklore stories and the beauty of animals, flowers and plants. Produced in books, scrolls, or as loose sheets, woodblock prints were made and circulated widely throughout Japanese society from the early 1600s right through until the mid 20th century, with some artists still operating with new styles and methods today.

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