Woodblocks: inspiration or expiration?
I am interested in the woodblocks mentioned here recently and what influence they had on the art of garden design. It was suggested that they acted as a "Sears Catalogue" of possibilities leading to cookie cutter designs or spiritless copies. I am not sure if the woodblocks mentioned in the following article from the Washington Post (August 21) are one and the same but these seem to have had the opposite effect on the European art community
"After two-and-a-half centuries of isolation, Japan had become an object of curiosity to the rest of the world. The Japanese exhibitions at the Paris World's Fairs of 1867 and 1889 were important opportunities to show off some of the nation's art. Japanese officials must have been astounded to discover that what impressed critics and artists in Paris was the humblest form of their art -- the woodblock," It goes on to mention the names of artists (from van Gogh to Rodin) who were touched by them.
Are these the same woodblocks?