japonisme: thirty-six views of notre dame?

26 May 2007

thirty-six views of notre dame?

we have talked about the japanese custom of producing prints in series; both hokusai and hiroshige produced, among others, 'thirty-six views of mt. fuji.'

henri riviere went on to follow that mode with his own 'thirty-six views' -- this time of the eiffel tower.

today i happened across what i think is another set: 'thirty-six views of notre dame,' though i can find no reference to it as such.

nevertheless, the series follows all of the conventions of the japanese prints, the diagonal lines, the large foreground framing objects, the outlines, and, most important of all, the appearance of the supposed 'view' almost disappearing in some of them.

the printmaker this time is czech artist tavik františek šimon, a painter who moved to paris, travelled the world, and signed his name in the japanese style as did his comtemporaries.

a wonderful, quite thorough, website about him has been created; in it all of his work beyond prints -- he was a painter, primarily (but i love his prints!) -- , his contemporaries so one can see context, articles and reviews of his work, his family, and more.

i've only found twenty-six 'views of notre dame' on the graphics pages of this site, and some of my identi- fications may be flawed, but i can't believe that this is a coincidence, and that these happen to have been created simply by random chance, when they so easily fit the form.

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8 Comments:

Blogger S. Camille Crawford said...

I have just discovered your library/bibliography. Your site is so amazing and it's wonderful to discover how you've gotten here. I am busy absorbing my experience here and I stop only to say hi.

Thank you for sharing your fascination and the information in your impressive library!

Sincerely,
Camille

27 May, 2007 06:12  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

thanks camille~ and thanks for reminding me! i've been falling behind at remembering to add library books (with an *) to the page, though i do think they're important for bibliography....

27 May, 2007 11:27  
Blogger Dominic Bugatto said...

These are quite wonderful.

30 May, 2007 06:41  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

thanks dominic! i like them better all the time, so i'm glad you like them too. i feel like i've discovered an unknown series, but more likely the truth is that he's unknown to me alone!

30 May, 2007 14:09  
Blogger harlequinpan said...

These are truly beautiful!

06 June, 2007 07:27  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

thanks, hp

06 June, 2007 23:57  
Blogger Michael said...

An excellent find, lotus.

I admire your ability to go into the woods and come back with truffles rather than firewood!

09 June, 2007 16:25  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

thanks michael! i'm so happy to see you!

but i have to admit that your comment kinda makes me feel like saying "snort snort" ;^)

09 June, 2007 20:02  

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