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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  September 26, 2018 (Wed) - October 21, 2018 (Sun)

  
Enokizaka Slope (detail), By Aodo Denzen, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Hashimoto Den'emon)

The genre of Japanese art called ukiyo-e portrays the common people of the Edo period (1603–1868) as well as their interests and leisure activities. Early ukiyo-e was all painted by hand. Later, ukiyo-e prints began to be mass-produced using woodblocks, while subsequent advances in woodblock carving and printing led to the creation of multicolor prints called nishiki-e, or “brocade pictures,” so called because of their vibrant combinations of pigments. The current exhibition features prints related to the theme of travel. They include images of beauties paired with picturesque places by the artist Harunobu and landscapes by Hokusai, Kuniyoshi, and Hiroshige, as well as copperplate prints of scenery by Aodo Denzen.

Current exhibit includes:
Eight Views of the East: Wild Geese at Yaguchi, By Ippitsusai Buncho, Edo period, 18th century
Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji: The Tama River, Bushu Province,
By Katsushika Hokusai, Edo period, 19th century
Enokizaka Slope,
By Aodo Denzen, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Hashimoto Den'emon)