Harunobu Suzuki: Ukiyo-e masterpieces from Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Chiba City Museum of Art

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Harunobu Suzuki (born c.1725-1770) was a leading Ukiyoe artist who is recognized as being the first person to produce polychrome nishiki-e (brocade pictures), achieved through multi-color woodblock printing. Suzuki created works that express poetic and refined subjects, depicting young lovers, mothers and children, scenes of everyday life, and classical themes inspired by other mitate-e and yatsushi-e works. He is also known for incorporating images of contemporary beauties and famous sights of Edo into his pictures, contributing to the popularization of nishiki-e. Visitors are sure to enjoy such subjects depicted in the warm textures of his layered woodcut works printed on fine paper.
This exhibition will also feature around 150 works by Suzuki’s contemporaries - who likewise conveyed the spirit of this era in their prints - loaned from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which boasts a world-class collection of ukiyo-e works both in terms of quality and quantity. More than eighty percent of Suzuki’s rare works are held in collections overseas, meaning that opportunities to see his ukiyo-e in Japan are very limited. This exhibition is the first show for 15 years to introduce his work in Japan, the last one held at Chiba City Museum of Art in 2002. Don’t miss this chance to see his works up close.

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from September 06, 2017 to October 23, 2017
Closing at 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays. Closed on Oct. 2 (Mon).

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Harunobu Suzuki

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