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The Art of Ukiyo–e | 17th–19th century

"The Art of Ukiyo–e | 17th–19th century"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 10  June 8, 2021 (Tue) - July 4, 2021 (Sun)

"Seba" from the Series Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kisō Road
By Utagawa Hiroshige, Edo period, 19th century

Prints and paintings called ukiyo–e were the first genre of art enjoyed by common people on a large scale. Economic growth contributed to the creation of this genre in the 17th century. As living standards improved, common people developed an urban culture that was passionate about trends, fashion, and entertainment.

At first, ukiyo–e depicted the celebrities of the day, especially actors of the kabuki theater and courtesans of the pleasure quarters (the legal brothel district). The subject matter later expanded to include topics like seasonal festivals, travel spots, and landscapes.Techniques for making ukiyo–e also changed over time. Early ukiyo–e were painted by hand. Artisans later started carving images into blocks of wood and using these blocks to print ukiyo–e in large numbers. These black–and–white prints were much more affordable. As carving and printing techniques were refined, prints a brilliant range of colors became possible.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 2 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND “Snowy Dawn at Nihonbashi Bridge” from the Series "Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kiso Road" By Keisai Eisen (1791–1848) Edo period, 19th century A-10569-7993-1
_MD_RECOMMEND “Seba” from the Series "Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kiso Road" By Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858) Edo period, 19th century A-10569-7993-32
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