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The Koson owl was chosen for our ad in Impressions magazine. This was the Ad designed for the new volume which has an article on Koson. A section of non-woodblock prints which include paintings, watercolors, etchings, lithographs, hanging scrolls, and others medium.
Japan (1610-1868), the Shogunate overthrows Japan's divine emperor, beginning an almost three hundred year reign(the Edo period) by the Tokugawa Shogunate. This collection features ukiyo-e from the late 1600's(early edo) to the golden age of ukiyo-e, featuring artists such as Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro, and others.
Contemporary shin hanga artists adhered to the traditional ways of ukiyo-e printmaking, although they were far different from the great ukiyo-e masters in that every part of the printmaking process was conducted by the artists themselves. Kawase Hasui, Hiroshi Yoshida, and Ohara Koson are three of the most prolific shin hanga artists-view their works in our shin hanga collection.
The last of the Edo Period ukiyo-e masters was Hiroshige, paving way for what is thought to be lesser quality productions often with notable western influence. The Meiji restoration. brought sweeping changes to Japan's political and cultural policy, with the fall of the Shogunate and reinstatement of the divine emperor, many people were calling for reform, resisting western influence, and a government closer to the people. The Meiji period artists of note include Yoshitoshi, Chikanobu, hoi
The great ukiyo-e landscape artists(Hokusai & Hiroshige) during the Japanese Edo period (1680-1869), inspired the west's impressionist painters with stunning new perspectives, vibrant coloring, and scenes depicting everyday mundane life and ordinary people as a subject matter in what is called Japonisme.
Surimono or, translated literally into "printed things", were private deluxe productions given as gifts or announcements for Kabuki theatre. E-goyomi considered a precursor to Surimono, were also privately commissioned and often given as gifts for New years, often containing secret calendars.
An snow white egret sits patiently in the night. A woodblock print, perhaps Koson's most famous design
The demon cat from the ghost triptych by Yoshitora
Samurai; the warriors and heroes of the Edo period and beyond featured in Japanese prints.
Shunsho -The Actors Nakamura Sukegoro II Nakamura Nakazo in the Kabuki Theatre collection featuring all things Kabuki at Edo Gallery.
Picture of a bijin holding an umbrella is the cover art for Bijin (beauties). A classic subject matter for Japanese prints.