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Woodblock Prints

Woodblock Prints

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Published by: Anie Dorongon on Jul 01, 2012
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Woodblock prints
A folk art with a long history in Vietnam, Vietnamese woodblock prints have reached a level of popularity outside of Vietnam. Organic materials are used to make the paint, which is applied to wood andpressed on paper. The process is repeated with different colors.
Traditional Thai paintings showed subjects in two dimensions without perspective.The size of each
element in the picture reflected its degree of importance. The primary technique of composition is that of
apportioning areas: the main elements are isolated from each other by space transformers. This eliminatedthe intermediate ground, which would otherwise imply perspective. Perspective was introduced only as aresult ofWestern influence in the mid-19th century. The most frequent narrative subjects for paintings were or are: the Jataka stories, episodes from the life of the Buddha,the Buddhist heavens and hells,and scenes of daily life.
Malaysia Art and Culture
It was probably after 1612 an English sea captain brought a valuable manuscript from the Malayworld to England, subsequently acquired by the powerful Archbishop of Canterbury William Laud as a giftto Bodleian Library, Oxford in 1633 along with over 1300 manuscripts.Today, it is known as a gem of Malaysia art and culture, the oldest extant copy of Malay versionRamayana, the "Hikayat Seri Rama".

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