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Shin-hanga 新版画


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It was an artistic movement of Japan at the beginning of century XX, during the periods Taishō and Shōwa, of Japanese engravings

The term shin-hanga was coined in 1915 by Shōzaburō Watanabe (1885-1962), the most important editor of shin-hanga

Shōzaburō Watanabe employed for the Shin-hanga style, highly skilled carvers and printers and commissioned the artists to design woodblocks that combined techniques of ancient Japanese woodblocks with elements of contemporary Western painting such as perspective and shadows.

The Japanese shin-hanga prints were mostly exported to the United States and Europe, due to the little interest of these Japanese prints. After the interruption of World War II, the heirs of Shōzaburō Watanabe continued the business, which is still active.