PAM’s Japanese Prints: A Fleeting Glimpse

Catch these intriguing impressions while you still can.

By Anne Adams December 29, 2011


They’ve been on view for a while now, but suddenly you’ve got less than a month left to see these rare and incredibly interesting Japanese prints at Portland Art Museum.

to check out a few selections, and plan your visit before it’s too late! Also, be sure to read the titles, as they lend an extra layer of insight into the images they accompany. Otherwise, how would you guess that one of the roosters pictured was meant to be real, while the other was “a painting [within a painting] on a screen,” or that the differing scale of human subjects was meant to signify puppets? These prints’ seemingly simple woodblock form gives way to some pretty sophisticated perception-bending.

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