'Ukiyo-e New Years Exhibition'

Dec 25, 2014

'Ukiyo-e New Years Exhibition'

Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art will exhibit paintings from its collection, including works by Keisai Eisen (1790-1848), Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). These late-Edo Period artists painted masterpieces depicting beautiful women and landscapes of the era. Many of the selected works ...

'Whistler Retrospective'

Dec 4, 2014

'Whistler Retrospective'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

The Yokohama Museum of Art commemorates its 25th anniversary with this retrospective of James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). Whistler was one of the pioneers of Japonism, taking inspiration from ukiyo-e prints and paintings, as well as from the traditional crafts of Japan. The flattened ...

How Japan's art inspired the West

Aug 14, 2014

How Japan's art inspired the West

by Jeff Michael Hammond

In the decades after Japan was forcibly opened to large-scale international trade in the early 1850s, a fever spread across Europe for items from the exotic country: its textiles, ceramics, paper fans, woodblock prints and more. Meanwhile, the term “Japonism” was coined to describe ...

'Specters, Ghosts and Sorcerers in Ukiyo-e'

Jun 25, 2014

'Specters, Ghosts and Sorcerers in Ukiyo-e'

by Mio Yamada

Ghouls, monsters, specters, ghosts — all manner of the supernatural have long fascinated and frightened in all cultures, but the Japanese have historically enjoyed a particularly entertaining, and pictorial, relationship with the eerie and uncanny. Through a selection of around 250 yōkai (ghouls and ...

The Case of the Sharaku Murders

Jun 21, 2014

The Case of the Sharaku Murders

by Andrew Lee

Before winning the Edogawa Rampo Prize for “The Case of the Sharaku Murders” in 1983, Katsuhiko Takahashi was an ukiyo-e researcher and university lecturer, which perhaps explains why he chose to set his debut novel in the bitchy academic world of ukiyo-e scholarship — ...

Artist strives to revive ukiyo-e glory

Jun 5, 2014

Artist strives to revive ukiyo-e glory

by Tamaki Tachibana

Inuki Tachihara, a 62-year-old self-taught woodblock artist, has devoted half his life to reviving the lost beauty of ukiyo-e masterpieces from the Edo Period (1603-1867) by printing them exactly as they would have been made then, with their original colors. Surviving prints have mostly ...

The 'Great Wave' that reached the West

May 28, 2014

The 'Great Wave' that reached the West

by Matthew Larking

Ukiyo-e prints could be found in Europe from at least 1795 at the Cabinet des Estampes at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. It was not until the 1850s, however, when trade between Japan and Europe began to flourish, that the craze for things ...