Woodblock Print New Year Picture

Wuqiang Woodblock Print New Year Picture

Woodblock Print New Year Picture from Wuqiang 武強 is one of the four major New Year Picture Centers in China.


At the end of 10th Century, China began the long tradition of colored woodcuts. It was quite popular in 14th Century and flourished from 17th to 19th centuries. There were over 1000 woodcut workshops at Wuqiang 武強. Survived all the political upheavals and battles, woodcuts have continued the folk art tradition, and have carried on people’s wish for health and peace, and prosperity in life.


Woodcuts have bold lines, full composition, and bright colors. This is basically a relief printing technique. The picture is carved into the surface of a block of wood. Then the relief is covered with color, and the printer presses the paper onto the block in order to imprint the color on it.

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