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Sunday, July 22, 2007

From Japan, art that pops

Even a cursory look at the color woodblock prints in "Yoshitoshi's Strange Tales" at the Asian Art Museum accounts for the fascination that such artworks held for the European Impressionist painters.

Taiso Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) could design a page, or a sequence of them, with such pictorial flair and dramatic invention as to captivate even viewers with no knowledge of the stories or conventions involved.

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