Artists and Washi: The Seduction of Japanese Paper

Nave Nave by Paul Gaugin

Paul Gauguin (French, 1848-1903), Nave Nave Fenua from the Noa Noa series, 1893-1894, colour woodcut on Japanese paper, 36.5 x 20.3 cm. Purchased as a gift of the Trier-Fodor Fund, 2005, 2005/64

Artists and Washi: The Seduction of Japanese Paper

December 5, 2012
Marvin Gelber Print & Drawing Study Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario

In 1982 Nancy Jacobi began showing artists and bookbinders beautiful papers from the trunk of her car. Today she owns The Japanese Paper Place in Toronto, the world's largest source of Japanese paper outside of Japan. Her particular passion is for traditional Japanese handmade papers; current production of high quality washi remains virtually unchanged over 1000 years. Handle samples of some of the best washi available today, learn about traditional and contemporary papermaking in Japan and, through works from the AGO collection, see how Rembrandt, Whistler, Gauguin, Munch, Goodwin and Motherwell, among others, admired and used this versatile paper.

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