"Summer Showers Beneath the Peak" from the Series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, By Katsushika Hokusai, Edo period, 19th century
Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 10
November 22, 2022 (Tue) - December 25, 2022 (Sun)
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 with a brilliant range of colors became possible.
|Courtesan and Attendant||By Kaigetsudō Ando (dates unknown)||Edo period, 18th century||A-468|
|Highlight||Lovers on the Veranda||By Suzuki Harunobu (possibly 1725–70)||Edo period, 18th century||A-10569-106|
|Highlight||Important Cultural Property||The Actor Ichikawa Ebizō as Takemura Sadanoshin||By Tōshūsai Sharaku (dates unknown)||Edo period, 1794||A-10569-470|
|Highlight||"Summer Showers Beneath the Peak" from the Series "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji"||By Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849)||Edo period, 19th century||A-11177-3|
|Scenes from the Theaters and the Yoshiwara Pleasure Quarters||By Hishikawa Moronobu (died 1694)||Edo period, 17th century||A-59|