Artist: Okumura Masanobu
Title: Sanogawa Ichimatsu as Uga no Rangiku-maru
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Benizuri-e red and green prints were an early form of color printing, using printed beni red (safflower), an organic pigment, and a mineral green, in addition to the black key-block. The color palette was an extension of earlier hand colored tan-e prints (1660s to 1710s). Characterized by bold strokes, tan-e prints referred back to earlier practices in painting, sculpture and architecture. Beni red, like most organic pigments, is unstable and susceptible to fading. (from Into the Light exhibition 10/26/2005-)