Exhibition on the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Nishiki-e, Ukiyo-e Masterpieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Art
[Image: Sharaku Toshusai "Otani Oniji III in the Role of the Servant Edobei" (1794)]
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Two hundred and fifty years ago ukiyo-e was revolutionized by full-color printing as a new technique of multiple color woodblock printing was invented, called the nishiki-e, the “brocade print”, bringing fresh vivid color to image making. This exhibition features for the first time 150 carefully selected works from the 4000 strong ukiyo-e collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Beginning with rare actor prints by Torii School artists from the emerging years of ukiyo-e, the exhibition continues through the dignified actor prints and beautiful women of Ippitsusai Buncho and Katsukawa Shunsho and the dawn of nishiki-e. These early works are followed by the beauties of Torii Kiyonaga and Kitagawa Utamaro, marking the golden age of ukiyo-e, and the landscape prints of famous places by Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige, gathered in an impressive line up which shines new light upon the history of ukiyo-e.