Two Montreal Views in the Style of Ukiyo-e Prints

Two scenes from near where I live – an alley in Côte-Saint-Paul and a view along the aqueduct in Verdun – rendered in a style that tries to imitate that of the nineteenth-century Japanese ukiyo-e prints by such artists as Hokusai and Hiroshige.

I think one of the reasons I always find myself so captivated by those classic prints is that they remind me, in an odd, refracted way, of the environments that I grew up in in Montreal. The simple, often straight lines, bright primary colours, low lying buildings, and striking superimpositions of green and urban spaces are characteristic of both.

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