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

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

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 10  July 7, 2015 (Tue) - August 2, 2015 (Sun)

  
Cats Enjoying the Evening Cool (detail), By Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Edo period, 19th century

In addition to the everyday lives of people in the Edo period (1603–1868), the genre of ukiyo-e portrays the Yoshiwara and Shinagawa pleasure districts, kabuki actors, landscapes, birds and flowers, and various other subjects. This exhibition features summer scenes such as cooling off in the evening, a “lotus picking” ceremony, and, first and foremost, the Niwaka comedic performances held in Yoshiwara as depicted by the artist Isoda Koryosai. Fan paintings by Utagawa Kuniyoshi will also be on display.

Current exhibit includes:
Courtesan and Attendant, By Kaigetsudo Ando, Edo period, 18th century
Elegant Pleasures: Late Summer in Takanawa,
By Kitagawa Utamaro, Edo period, 18th century
Cats Enjoying the Evening Cool,
By Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Edo period, 19th century

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