"Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Ukiyo-e"
Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 10 June 13, 2017 (Tue) - July 9, 2017 (Sun)
Beauty Writing a Wish on a Poem Card for the Star Festival (detail), By Suzuki Harunobu, Edo period, 18th century
Ukiyo-e, which portray the daily lives of townspeople during the Edo period (1603–1868), were initially comprised solely of hand-painted works. Later, ukiyo-e were mass-produced through woodblock printing, followed by advances in carving and printing techniques that allowed for multicolored prints. This exhibit introduces woodblock prints made as series, such as ones by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753–1806) and Keisai Eisen (1790–1848). Hand-painted works featuring seasonal themes of early summer, such as the Star Festival and dragonfly viewing, are also on display.
Current exhibit includes:
Standing Courtesan, By Kaigetsudo Doshu, Edo period, 18th century
Beauty Writing a Wish on a Poem Card for the Star Festival, By Suzuki Harunobu, Edo period, 18th century
Poems on Flowers of the Four Seasons: Irises, By Katsukawa Shuncho, Edo period, 18th century (Important Art Object)
Renowned Beauties Likened to the Six Immortal Poets: Tomimoto Toyohina, By Kitagawa Utamaro, Edo period, 18th century