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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  October 3, 2017 (Tue) - October 29, 2017 (Sun)

  
Kitchen Scene (detail), By Kitagawa Utamaro, Edo period, 18th century

The genre of ukiyo-e, which depicts the common people of the Edo period (1603–1868), first consisted of only 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 exhibition features prints of actors, beauties, famous views, illustrated books, and other various themes by artists who specialized in the respective themes, together with works to match the autumn season.

Current exhibit includes:
Beauties of the Four Directions: Beauties of the East: Oshima and Onaka of Nakacho, By Kitao Shigemasa, Edo period, 18th century (Important Art Object)
Kitchen Scene, By Kitagawa Utamaro, Edo period, 18th century
Actor Tanimura Torazo as Washizuka Happeiji, By Toshusai Sharaku, Edo period, dated 1794 (Important Cultural Property)
Illustrations of Famous Poems: Tokusagari (The Scouring-rush Gatherer), By Katsushika Hokusai, Edo period, 19th century