Autumn 2021 Exhibition


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Fine Japanese Paintings, Prints, and Illustrated Books of the Eighteenth Century
The paintings, prints, and illustrated books offered in our fall exhibition survey ukiyo-e from the introduction of two-color printing in the 1740s until the end of the eighteenth century. This was a period when lax economic policies allowed Edo culture to flower. Suzuki Harunobu and his contemporaries are well represented as are fine theater and beauty prints and wrestler prints by Katsukawa Shunshō and his followers. A highlight of the exhibition is a first edition of Kitagawa Utamaro’s “Insect Book.” Minutely observed and superbly designed, with fresh vivid colors intact, the two-volume work is beautifully realized, epitomizing the aspirations of the age. Two early paintings by Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) from the mid-1790s, completed in a soft, painterly style outside the ukiyo-e tradition round out the exhibition. The two works, a Chinese subject, and a pastoral scene are recognized masterpieces from this period.

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Kitagawa Utamaro
Kitagawa Utamaro
Picture Book of Crawling Creatures
Suzuki Harunobu
Suzuki Harunobu
Evening Cool at the Iseya Teahouse
Katsushika Hokusai
Katsushika Hokusai
Farmer Returning Home on His Horse
Kitagawa Utamaro
Kitagawa Utamaro
Komurasaki of the Miuraya and Shirai Gonpachi
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