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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  May 10, 2016 (Tue) - June 5, 2016 (Sun)

  
Swimming Tortoises (detail), By Katsushika Hokusai, Edo period, 19th century (Important Art Object)

Ukiyo-e portray the lives of ordinary people in the Edo period (1603–1868), originating in genre paintings on folding screens and other formats. Eventually, woodblock printing developed to suit mass production, and carving and printing techniques became sophisticated for multicolor nishiki-e prints to evolve. This exhibit features various prints including monochromes of ink, lacquer, and vermillion, centering on print series themed on courtesans and landscapes, adding pieces with tastes that match the early summer season.

Current exhibit includes:
Scene at Yoshiwara Pleasure Quarters, By Hishikawa Moronobu, Edo period, 17th century
Actor Iwai Hanshiro as Fuji-musume (Wisteria girl),
By Okumura Toshinobu (dates unknown), Edo period, 18th century
Swimming Tortoises,
By Katsushika Hokusai, Edo period, 19th century (Important Art Object)
Afternoon Shower at Mimeguri Shrine,
By Torii Kiyonaga, Edo period, 18th century (Important Art Object)

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