If I recall correctly from my art history lessons many years ago this drawing style should have a distinct name, but I can't remember.

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The technique seems to be woodblock printing.
You can tell by the linearity of the drawing, the lack of large dark areas, and the wavy structure of the lines. Especially the second picture shows the underlying wood nerves, as adjacent lines have the same slight deviation.

Not very oriental sounding, I know.

The Japanese term for woodblock printing is mokuhanga, and stylistically, the images can be considered a form of ukiyo-e, which until the early 18th century were done in black and white, and of which the linework is iconic:

The earliest prints were monochromatic, and these lines were the only printed element; even with the advent of colour this characteristic line continued to dominate.

Hokusai and Hiroshige are its most famous exponents.


This is a watermark woodcut, an illustration of the "Jiezi Garden Picture Album", published in the Qing Dynasty in China.
A composition of various Chinese painting landscapes, figures, animals and other compositions and techniques.

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    Hi Wu, welcome to A&C. Is this an answer to the question, or just an identification of the image you posted? Can you edit in how this relates to the question asked? It also doesn't add a lot of extra information, as the probability that it was a woodcut was already established, the watermark seems incidental, and the compositional notes are unnecessary and seem unrelated. – Joachim Sep 11 '19 at 13:08

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