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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  November 22, 2016 (Tue) - December 15, 2016 (Thu)

  
End-of-year Cleaning at a Samurai House (detail), By Kitagawa Utamaro, Edo period, 19th century

The story of revenge carried out by the faithful retainers of Ako (in present-day Hyogo) was widely known among the Edo (now Tokyo) populace through the Kabuki play Kanadehon chushingura, and was a seasonal theme since it took place in mid-December. Every performance of Chushingura attracted large audiences from that time, and today, the play is still popular for the end of the year. This ukiyo-e exhibit, the last rotation of this year, features the print series by Katsushika Hokusai themed after the eleven acts of Kanadehon chushingura, together with parodies of the play. Hand-painted works consist of folding screens of early pre-modern genre painting, as well as comic pieces.

Current exhibit includes:
Beauties with Pipe, Artist unknown, Edo period, 17th century (Private collection)
Kanadehon chushingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers)
: Act V, By Katsushika Hokusai, Edo period, 19th century
Bodhidharma and Courtesan,
By Katsukawa Shunko, Edo period, dated 1803
End-of-year Cleaning at a Samurai House,
By Kitagawa Utamaro, Edo period, 19th century