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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  August 8, 2017 (Tue) - September 3, 2017 (Sun)

  
Merrymaking in Shinagawa (detail), By Torii Kiyonaga, Edo period, 18th century (Important Art Object)

The genre of ukiyo-e, which portrays the common people of the Edo period (1603–1868), initially consisted of hand-painted works. Mass production of ukiyo-e later became possible through woodblock printing, while advances in carving and printing techniques eventually led to the creation of multi-colored prints called nishiki-e. This exhibit features woodblock prints of themes related to summer, including summer outfits, cooling off in the evenings, and summer scenes from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo. Fine examples of hand-painted works including a screen painting by Hishikawa Moronobu and a standing beauty by the Kaigetsudo school are also on view.

Current exhibit includes:
Woman Reading a Letter Outside a Mosquito Net, By Torii Kiyomasu, Edo period, 18th century
One Hundred Famous Places of Edo: Konyacho at Kanda,
By Utagawa Hiroshige, Edo period, dated 1857
Kabuki Theater (Left screen),
By Hishikawa Moronobu, Edo period, 17th century (Important Cultural Property)
Merrymaking in Shinagawa,
By Torii Kiyonaga, Edo period, 18th century (Important Art Object)

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