Above is a quote from a description of a show Japan Deco, currently showing at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida. Japanese postcards are a collecting specialty which opens the door to exquisite artwork, whimsical designs and dramatic imagery. In this post, we share some Japan art deco postcards and some more traditional images on Japanese postcards, too.
Here is a combination of artwork and a printed photo image, a frequently used design on Japanese postcards. We have seen images of ships, military officers, war-time conflicts and scenes from expositions set against colorful backgrounds. The backgrounds may be stylized floral designs, wildlife (especially beautiful birds) or, as in this example, scenery. We especially like the impressionistic quality of the watery view, shining silver details and the golden moon.
Here a young girl feeds the chickens. The seller listed this image as a New Year design.
Pastel colors throughout the design are punctuated by the bright red details.
Below is one of our favorite New Year designs with bright gold added, a flowery background, and nice embossing. A paper stamp and a rubber-stamped seal are at upper left.
This elegant rooster graces a dramatic design with brilliant colors and a visually effective use of lettering as part of the image. Since we do not speak Japanese, we are left admiring these postcards without knowing what they say.
Here is a wonderful pair of art deco designs on images of street vendors - brilliant colors, simplified images with silhouettes in the background providing depth to otherwise flattened pictures of men carrying their merchandise.