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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  May 12, 2015 (Tue) - June 7, 2015 (Sun)

  
Parody of The Tales of Ise (Chapter of Yatsuhashi Bridge) (detail), By Suzuki Harunobu, Edo period, 18th century

Early ukiyo-e, a genre that depicts common people of the Edo period (1603–1868), consisted entirely of hand-painted works. Later, mass-production was made possible with woodblock printing. Developments in carving and printing then led to the creation of multi-colored nishiki-e prints. The current exhibition features prints from the series Young Women of the Pleasure District in New Year's Fashion and Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety for Children. Prints depicting wisteria and other motifs appropriate for the early summer, as well as a variety of other genres including depictions of beautiful women, bird and flower prints, and landscapes will also be included.

Current exhibit includes:
Female Dancer in Male Costume, Edo period, 17th century (Private collection)
Parody of The Tales of Ise (Yatsuhashi Bridge chapter),
By Suzuki Harunobu, Edo period, 18th century
Devotees to Love Compared: Emperor Xuanzong and Yang Guifei,
By Kitagawa Utamaro, Edo period, 19th century