|KEY WORD : art history / paintings|
overprinting. Superimposing two different colors to achieve a third on a
woodblock print *ukiyo-e
浮世絵. This was done sometimes in response to government edicts limiting the
number of color blocks that could be used, and sometimes simply to cut printing
costs. Increasingly, however, overprinting came to be used for purely aesthetic
reasons; superimposing two printed colors achieved expressive effects not
available using other techniques.
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