"Ukie - Perspectives of Edo" Exhibition

Ota Memorial Museum of Art

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Ukie, a form of painting which emphasizes depth and three-dimensionality by using one point perspective, became popular in the mid Edo period. Since its foreground looks as if it is floating or raised, it was termed "ukie", meaning "floating picture". It is also referred to as kubomi-e, "recessed picture", because their backgrounds look as though they have been pulled back.

Okumura Masanobu (1686-1764) claimed himself to be the originator of ukie. Also Nishimura Shigenaga (?-1756) was a skilled ukie artist. Those early ukie works usually depict the interior of buildings such as kabuki theaters. Later in the Edo period, Toyoharu Utagawa (1735-1814) mastered depicting outdoor spaces with a natural and conventional sense of depth. Hokusai (1760-1849) is also one of the artists who created many ukie.

This exhibition introduces those early ukie works by Okumura and Nishimura, and pieces made in the late Edo period by Hokusai and others. A total of 80 works are on display to reveal their process of creating ukie.

[Image: Kiyotada Torii "Tsurukamekou-taiheiki"]



From 2007-10-02 To 2007-10-26
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