tako-e 凧絵
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
Pictures on kites. It is thought that kite flying became popular in Japan in the 18c and the early designs for their decoration were hand-painted *nikuhitsuga 肉筆画. Woodblock printed designs did not become popular for kites until the early 19c with Utagawa Kunitsugu 歌川国次 (1800-1861). In these first printed designs, the ink outlines were woodblock printed and the colors were added by hand. Printed colors did not become popular until the 1830s-40s. Few early kite pictures remain because they were made for use and naturally did not last many flights.


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