Hiroshige’s “Edo Hyaku”: Perspectives of Landscape Ukiyo-e Prints in Portrait Layout
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October 19th, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until April 21st, 2022
One event on April 9th, 2022 at 11:30 am
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“Edo Hyaku”, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo 名所江戸百景 (Meisho Edo Hyakkei) is a series of over one hundred woodblock prints designed by Hiroshige (1797–1858) , which began to be published in 1856 and was completed in 1859 after Hiroshige’s death. Compassion and nostalgic affection of Hiroshige to his own home town Edo, now known as Tokyo, is evident in the Edo Hyaku print series. A previous exhibition at The Japan Foundation, Toronto in 2019 of “Edo Hyaku” approached this masterpiece from the viewpoint of its serene, poetic expressions, which were based on Hiroshige’s emotional input to his own city. The exhibition focused on the theme of snow and moon, displaying other Edo city portrayal pieces by Hiroshige.
In order to cover the huge amount of works omitted from our previous exhibition, we switch our focus to cherry blossoms and boats on water for our new exhibition. We are also examining Hiroshige’s final years, which is characterized by the use of tall portrait layout in landscape paintings. Linear perspectives and the expression of depth and distance are the keys to unfold the visual wealth of Hiroshige’s late pieces.
A masterpiece of this period, consisting of a trio of triptychs known as, Snow, Moon, and Flower (1857) is on display, along with pieces from the series Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces (1853–56).
The artworks on display are reproductions, not off-set prints from photography, but are re-carved and hand-printed in the traditional method based on historical research. We also display jigsaw puzzles of Hiroshige prints. During the course of quarantine each small piece of these puzzles has drawn our attention to the details of the artwork; as well, each assembly clarified the composition. Enjoy the urban splendour and excitement of Edo and the natural phenomenon of Japan in meticulously sophisticated woodblock prints.
Gallery Hours: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM • 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
|Saturday (April 9 & 30 only)||OPEN|
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