All tagged woodblock prints
Hokusai of the ubiquitous woodblock wave is treated to a massive exhibition of over 400 works of art. It is termed “updated” because it includes recently rediscovered works and pieces that are shown in Japan for the first time. The viewer comes away with an appreciation of the length of the artist’s career: Hokusai began at 20 and died at 90 and considered his work to be satisfactory starting at the age of 70. While there are prints from his famous series, Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, including Under the Wave off Kanagawa, the exhibition highlights the different periods of the artist’s long career, the many types of artwork (prints, paintings, books, and much more) he created, his innovation and the pursuit of his unique interests, and his desire to share what he learned over the years through the publication of artist manuals.
This is the Ota’s second Hiroshige exhibition this year, which marks the 160th anniversary of his death. If you like Japanese woodblock prints, make sure to see this retrospective of Hiroshige’s work. Highlights include pieces from the Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road, Famous Places, and Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji series. There are also prints of beautiful women (bijin-ga), animals and flowers.
If you ever wanted to learn more about Japanese art, ukiyo-e, woodblock prints, or Tokyo (Edo) before the rapid changes of the Meiji period, this is the exhibition to see. Hiroshige is a ukiyo-e master and his series, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, consists of 120 pieces. Many are displayed with maps of their locations in modern Tokyo and showcase Edo’s shrines, temples, river views, seasons, bridges, shops and landscapes.