Hokusai Beauty - The Brilliant Women of Edo

The Sumida Hokusai Museum

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[Image: Katsushika Hokusai "Courtesan and Her Young Attendant" Collection: the Sumida Hokusai Museum]

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Hokusai is known for the many stylistic transformations he achieved in his seventy-year career, including the distinctive styles he developed for depicting beautiful women known as “bijin” (beauties). During his early Shunro period, he was influenced by Kiyonaga Torii, who was famous for his portrayals of beautiful women. Following this, in his Sori period he painted graceful beauties with oval faces before gradually shifting to depicting more stunningly beautiful, voluptuous women. Though Hokusai is famed for his landscapes, including, of course, “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji,” particularly in the prime years of his career, he was regarded as ranking with Sonto Kyoden - a ukiyo-e artist also famous for his popular fiction in the genre of contemporary sharebon (illustrated novels) - for his elegant portrayals of women. In this vein, Hokusai’s works included depictions of kimono patterns, hairstyles, and accessories, expressing the gorgeous feminine beauty of the Edo period through women’s attire.
This exhibition introduces the fascination of Hokusai’s portrayals of beautiful women and the glorious world of the Edo beauty through 130 works, including depictions of beautiful women by Hokusai and members of his school from the museum’s collection and materials, including hair style patterns, accessories, and makeup equipment from the Pola Research Institute of Beauty and Culture.

Part 1: Feb. 14 (Wed) - Mar. 11 (Sun)
Part 2: Mar. 13 (Tue) - Apr. 8 (Sun)
*Some of the works on display will change during the exhibition period.



from February 14, 2018 to April 08, 2018



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