China Paper

The Conservation Department is cataloguing the properties of China paper.

China paper is a loose term used in reference to thin Oriental paper that is not Japan paper.

As opposed to Japan paper, which often has long fibres and is transparent, China paper has short fibres, is opaque, and has a characteristic surface texture on one side.

Munch used China paper extensively for his lithographs and woodcuts.

Knowledge about this distinctive type of paper is limited.

The paper conservation department has therefore begun the work of cataloguing its properties and components.

In a broader context this will contribute to increased knowledge regarding Munch's use of paper.