atenashi bokashi 当てなしぼかし
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
Lit. indeterminate shading. A type of *fuki bokashi 拭きぼかし, a technique for producing gradated tones (shading) on woodblock prints *ukiyo-e 浮世絵. Called 'indeterminate' because the shape and position of the final shaded color area is not fixed and will vary from impression to impression. The technique employs extra water that is sprinkled onto the broad, raised area to print the required color on the woodblock. Next, a small amount of pigment is daubed on and mixed with the water, and an impression is taken. An example of the use of this technique is the faint clouds around the moon on early impressions of 1856 of Night View, Saruwaka Street Saruwakachou, yoru no kei 猿若町夜之景, from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo Meisho Edo hyakkei 名所江戸百景 by Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川広重 (also known as Andou 安藤 Hiroshige, 1797-1858).

*bokashi ぼかし

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