Shepparton Art Museum presents "The Golden Age of Colour Prints: Ukiyo-e from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston"
The Golden Age of Colour Prints: Ukiyo-e is drawn from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, one of the most significant collections of Japanese prints in the world.
Focusing on what is known as the golden age of nishiki-e colour prints, the Tenmei and Kansei eras (1781-1801), it showcases 100 ukiyo-e prints and offers a rare opportunity for visitors to appreciate the gorgeous colour aesthetic that is the essence of nishiki-e, or ukiyo-e printed in multiple colours.
The exhibition focuses on the art of three master printmakers who were key innovators in the medium: Torii Kiyonaga, Kitagawa Utamaro and Toshusai Sharaku. At the time they were produced, the images were considered to be crude and unsophisticated, and for popular consumption. The superficial world of beauty and entertainment, of the pleasure quarter and the theatre were considered to be both remote from everyday life and not appropriate subjects for art. However the art form rose to great popularity in the metropolitan culture of Tokyo during the second half of the 17th century and has had a powerful and enduring influence on Western art.
For more information on the exhibition, visit the Shepparton Art Museum's website here.
Image credit: Takashima Ohisa, from an untitled series of famous beauties of Edo, Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, (?)- 1806), Publisher: Iwatoya Kisaburo (Japanese). Japanese, Edo period, about 1792–93 (Kansei 4–5), woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper. William Sturgis Bigelow Collection 11.14317. Image 2012 © Museum Fine Arts, Boston