AKKU 2002, M-Z, pg.249:Thijsse, Thomas, (Tom)B: 03.29.1945
Tom Thijsseâ€™s first lithographs dealt with political themes from the sixties. He made portraits of Sacco and Vanzetti and put images together that were mixed with scenes from Pop Art. Meanwhile, he read everything he could about art and visited museums and exhibitions. It was at this time that he came into contact with Japanese prints of Hokusai, Hiroshige and Utumaro. These prints were causing a shock of recognition. The use of the 'clear line' of the Japanese print art fascinated him and he returned to his own work. "The clear line is clear, not obscure and out of shape.
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