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Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Ukiyo-e

"Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Ukiyo-e"

Honkan Room 10  January 27, 2015 (Tue) - February 15, 2015 (Sun)

  
Actor Ichikawa Yaozo and Segawa Kikunojo as a Young Couple under an Umbrella in Snow, By Ippitsusai Buncho, Edo period, 18th century (Important Art Object)

In the early Edo period (1603–1868), ukiyo-e, which depicted common people, were only in the form of paintings. Later on, a method of woodblock printing was devised and mass production of ukiyo-e became possible. Eventually, a method of producing multicolored nishiki-e prints was established, following the further development of carving and printing techniques.
This exhibition showcases ukiyo-e with winter-themed subjects such as plum trees and snow. The works are mainly nishiki-e prints, which are regarded as synonymous with ukiyo-e, depicting flowers and birds as well as landscapes that are full of seasonal references appropriate for February.

Current exhibit includes:
Beauty under Plum Tree, By Furuyama Moromasa, Edo period, 18th century
Actor Ichikawa Yaozo and Segawa Kikunojo as a Young Couple under an Umbrella in Snow, By Ippitsusai Buncho, Edo period, 18th century (Important Art Object)
Famous Places of the Eastern Capital: Tenmangu Shrine at Kameido in Snow, By Utagawa Hiroshige, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Takahashi Yasushi)