The Making of a Japanese Print: Harunobu's "Heron Maid" The Making of a Japanese Print: Harunobu's "Heron Maid" The Making of a Japanese Print: Harunobu's "Heron Maid"

The Making of Japanese Print: Harunobu’s “Heron Maid”

Published by Reiko Chiba in 1959 and 1960, The Making of Japanese Print: Harunobu’s “Heron Maid” demonstrates the steps of translating an original drawing onto woodblocks, each adding a color to the outline. It encompasses several unique qualities—from its accordion binding to its colored illustrations produced from woodblock printing, which bring Suzuki Harunobu’s “Heron Maid” to life. The exhibition, therefore, includes interactive features that highlight its aesthetic qualities, including the binding, illustrations, and impressions. We highlight the coloring sequence of the “Heron Maid” using the map interface. As you hover over the colored portions with your mouse, you can see the corresponding information depicting the order in which it was colored. This exhibition also covers the historical context of the rare book concerning Japanese art of the Edo period (1615–1868), in which polychromatic woodblock printing emerged and artists drew inspiration from a hedonistic culture. It evokes appreciation for the intricate process of Japanese woodblock printing and the art that flourished during this period.