Exhibition on Utagawa Kunisada held at Seikado Bunko Art Museum; People of Edo-period vividly brought back to life in his exhibited masterpieces


Matsumoto Koshiro V as Nikki Danjo Saemon Naonori; Edo period・Bunkyu 3 (1863)

An exhibition on Utagawa Kunisada will be held from January 20 (Saturday) to March 25 (Sunday) in 2018 at the Seikado Bunko Art Museum.


Nishiki-e, a type of mutli-coloured woodblock printing that enjoyed great popularity among the masses during the Edo period, was highly praised for its "brocade-like beauty". Being one of the best representatives of the Ukiyo-e artists in the mid- and late-Edo period (first half of the 19th century), Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864) was well-known for his expertise in bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women) and yakusha-e (actor portrait figure prints). 


This exhibition displays selected masterpieces of Kunisada. Kunisada was particularly skilled in capturing the liveliness of female figures in Edo and the powerful presence of Kabuki actors on stage. Paintings featured in this exhibition also include large-size head-portraits that depict their subjects from the chest up and fill the space with mostly the face of the subject. (※Some of the exhibits are subject to change during the exhibition.)


Five Shades of Ink in the Northern Provinces (Oiran)
Edo period・Bunka 12 (1815)


Heavy Snow at Years End
Edo period・Koka (1844-47)


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Exhibition on Utagawa Kunisada


Duration: January 20 (Saturday) - March 25 (Sunday), 2018
Venue: Seikado Bunko Art Museum
Closed on: Every Monday (except February 12) and February 13 (Tuesday)

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