These prints reveal the changing styles and art movements developed by Japanese printmakers during a 100-year period. The variety of styles reflects the changing appearance of Japan as it embraced modern technology but continued to respect its cultural past. Though woodblock printing has been around for centuries, in the twentieth century, artists played with new subjects and topics that were relevant to a contemporary audience.
Focusing on woodblock prints ranging in date from 1901 to 2001, all prints in this exhibition were acquired by the DAM since 1970 to provide the collection with artworks that demonstrate the continuation of a traditional Japanese art form into the twentieth century.
Nearly 70 Japanese woodblock prints from the Denver Art Museum's collection were exhibited together for the first time in 2014. More