This tiny piece of art promises to totally revolutionise printing

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A tiny reproduction of one of the most famous Japanese paintings has been done without the need for any pigments.

Since humans first began painting in caves thousands of years ago, they have relied on pigments to translate the image from a thought to the canvas. Now, however, a new ‘great wave’ of printing without the need for colours looks set to arrive following a major breakthrough by a team from Kyoto University in Japan.

This team revealed an extremely tiny reproduction of the famous 19th-century painting, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, created by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (who is revered in his homeland as much as Europeans idolise Leonardo Da Vinci).

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