|KEY WORD : art history / paintings|
|Also murasaki-e 紫絵; beni nuki 紅抜き. Woodblock prints which completely omit bright vermilion *beni 紅, and use quieter color- combinations, purple with some green and yellow. The trend away from bright colors was thought to have been dictated by government prohibitions against them in 1841, but prints in the benigirai style dating to the late 19c have been discovered, discrediting this theory. It is now thought that the colors were used intentionally to create elegant prints of refined taste. Many such prints were produced in the late 18c by artists such as Kubo Shunman 窪俊満 (1757-1820), Katsukawa Shunchou 勝川春潮 (1726-92), Choubunsai Eishi 鳥文斎栄之 (1756-1820), and Kitagawa Utamaro 喜多川歌麿 (1754-1806). Shunman produced particularly elegant prints in the benigirai manner and even painted benigirai *nikuhitsuga 肉筆画.|
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