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Oct. 8 Art Minute: Miki Suizan, Autumn at Tsūten Bridge, from New Selection of Noted Places of Kyoto

Art Minute, Art of the Week, toledo museum of art
Miki Suizan, (Japanese, 1875-1957) Autumn at Tsūten Bridge, from New Selection of Noted Places of Kyoto. Color woodblock print, 1924. Publisher: Satō Shōtarō, Gift of Hubert D. Bennett, 1939.208. Gallery 23A, New Media. 

Miki Suizan's landscapes, with their soft and sometimes sketchy lines, are stylistically reminiscent of Chinese brush painting– thought to be the origin of what eventually became Japanese landscape painting and prints. However, whereas traditional Chinese ink paintings are monochromatic, Suizan's images display the color sensibility typical of shin hanga prints. 

This work is currently on display in the exhibition Sights and Sounds: Art, Nature, and the Senses.