prints have been a part of the Asian culture for a long
instance, during the Edo period, Japan was strongly
influenced by China’s culture.
Although woodblock prints were originally designed
using only black ink, colored prints came about near
Shanghai during the end of the Ming Dynasty, all the way to
the start of the Ch’ing Dynasty.
Many wonderful artists have taken woodblock prints
and created their own style and/or genre.
For this reason, when you shop for prints, you will
find many similarities but also many differences, each
unique to the actual artist.
Today, woodblock prints have become quite popular in
that they look amazing and bring with them a piece of the
Asian culture and history.
One such artist, which little is known about, is a
man named Moromasa. As
a pupil of Moronobu, he signed his woodblock prints using
his actual name, as well as Tsukitsukido.
We know that his active years of creating woodblock
prints were from 1715 to 1740 and that he represented the
third generation of the school called Moronobu.
Although Moromasa was quite talented, his area of
specialty was in Bijin portraits.
His favorite and best work was focused on scenes.
His full name is Hishikawa Moromasa so if you wanted
to try to locate some of his work, you would need to check
this name, along with Moromasa and Tsukitsukido.
Most people will tell you that Moromasa’s work is
somewhat challenging to find but truly a treasure when it
If you want to enhance the beauty of your home or
office with black and white or colored woodblock prints, we
strongly recommend you take time to look at many of the past
artists who founded this craft.
Although some of the prints can be steeply priced,
you might be surprised at how many are very affordable.
Without doubt, woodblock prints bring something
special, something of deep character to the decorum.