Thursday, August 23, 2012

Samurai, geisha, ghosts & mountains: Edo prints in all their splendor

University of Virginia Art Museum.
Continuing with Tuesday's theme of wondrous woodblock prints from Japan's Edo period, here's a slideshow Salon did of an exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. It culminates with a modern interpretation by Iona Rozeal Brown of Katsukawa Shunei's "The Actor Ichikawa Komazto III," 1791 (left).
"One for the Money, Two Faux the Show (Still Pimpin')," 2006

10 comments:

  1. "Frog and Morning Glories" is a lovely hidden object game. "Maple trees" has a Western style perspective. But what does "pictures of the floating world" refer to?

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    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukiyo-e
      This is a good introduction. Also just google the word ukiyo-e in Google images and prepare for some stunning visions!

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  2. Hokusai's waterfall is utterly gorgeous. Along with Hiroshige, some of the best art the world has seen. As much as I should like anything called "Punk Ebizo", I just couldn't:( It falls flat trying to follow such classic pieces.

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    1. I agree with the difficulty of liking "Punk Ebizo". Images form a language because of their associations in the mind. The associations that come with the dress and manner of a "punk" are in disharmony with the Ukiyo-e style, so the result troubles more than it pleases.
      "One Hundred Tales" reminds me of "Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio", on my shelf. A fascinating collection of ghost and fox spirit tales.

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    2. Hokusai was downright astonishing. Can't get enough of him!

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  3. I think the Katsushika Hokusai, "The Manor's Dishes" from "One Hundred Tales" in pretty neat.

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    1. I can't figure out what or where the dishes are!

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    2. The legend concerns a maid who breaks valuable dishes, for which she is bound and thrown down an old well by her master. The dishes are just visible along the throat of the ghost.

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    3. Thank you, kind sir or madam! A little bit of exegesis always helps us appreciate the art.

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  4. So often in life the right thing to do is not only the hardest but it also seems to hurt the most..

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