How China’s last surviving woodblock-print artists are keeping an ancient art alive

//How China’s last surviving woodblock-print artists are keeping an ancient art alive

How China’s last surviving woodblock-print artists are keeping an ancient art alive

For more than 2,000 years, woodblock prints have captured and catalogued Chinese culture, illuminating everything from religious texts to vernacular literature; languid, bucolic landscapes to political propaganda. Perhaps the most beautiful examples are nianhua (New Year pictures). The auspicious, highly detailed images are hung at Lunar New Year to bring luck, prosperity and protection. Printed in their millions on lightweight paper, nianhua were intentionally disposable, designed to be torn…

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