SEPTEMBER 26, 2008 -JANUARY 17, 2009

Ando Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), “Kinryuzan Temple in Asakusa, From one Hundred Famous Views of Edo,” mid 19th century, woodcut, 14 x 9 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/ gift of Mahonri M. Young Estate. 

From BYU’s permanent collection, this display showcases prints made from intricately carved woodblocks created during Japan’s time of isolation from 1639 to 1854. The prints show entertainers, urban life, the popular culture and serene landscapes of Japan during this time period. When the Japanese ports were finally open to outsiders many of the woodblocks and prints were collected and brought back to western countries. Their elegant and colorful aesthetics soon influenced progressive artists in France, England and America, such as Gauguin, Monet, van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Whistler, Morris and Cassatt.

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