This is fascinating, a while ago I saw an exhibition of woodblock art in Scotland, which displayed the blocks used alongside the finished images, see my earlier post.
I’m having one of those moments when I wonder where I’ve been. I mean, seriously, how is it possible that I’d never heard of Henri Rivière until last weekend? And now, I can’t get enough!
I was in Chicago last weekend and stopped in at the Smart Museum of Art (University of Chicago) to see their exhibition, Awash in Color: French and Japanese Prints. So much beauty! Henri Rivière’s prints lured me in immediately. I love the combination of Japanese woodcut technique and appearance with French subject matter (think Hokusai meets The Gleaners).
A little bit about Rivière: He was a late 19th/early 20th century painter, printmaker and the inventor of a very famous (at the time) and long-standing series of shadow plays at the Chat Noir cabaret in Paris. Now here’s what I find fascinating:
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