Caption: Yokkaichi, from the series The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road Utagawa Hiroshige
, Early 20th Century
Other artistic movements are not ignored, with some wall space being dedicated to Indian 'Company paintings' that employed a Western treatment of perspective and shadow, and 1858 depictions of Mount Fuji by Japanese print master Utagawa Hiroshige
. Ottoman intellectual and artist Osman Hamdi Bey's 'A Young Emir Studying' also draws in passers-by with its vivid colours and details.
After the woodblock print Long-Tailed Blue Bird Flying over Azalea Blossoms by Utagawa Hiroshige
, 1797-1858, Japan
Mark Donoghue's essay "The Smooth and Striated Spaces of Hiroshige" takes another route, showing that the shattering and reforming of striated space and smooth surface space is precisely what contributes to Japanese print artist Utagawa Hiroshige
's enduring appeal.
Arguably the best known among the countless Japanese prints is "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" by Katsushika Hokusai (c1760-1849) and the landscapes by Utagawa Hiroshige
(1797-1858) but there are countless anonymous examples that are both accessible and affordable for today's collectors.
Featured in the exhibit are representative works of the master artists of the Edo and Meiji periods: Kitagawa Utamaro, Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige
, Suzuki Harunobu, Keisai Eisen, Torii Kiyonaga, Chobunsai Eishi, Toshusai Sharaku, Eishosai Choki.
Hokusai and (van Gogh's favorite) Utagawa Hiroshige
's unlikely contemporary, Tomokazu Matsuyama, transforms the theme of airy flowers and hushed landscapes into something vivid and altogether dreamlike.
He collected and copied woodblock prints and welcomed Utagawa Hiroshige
and Katsushika Hokusai into the western vernacular.
Exhibits will include Frederick George Byron's handcoloured etching The Volcano of Opposition (1791) and Utagawa Hiroshige
's 1853 woodblock print, Aratame.
Japanese printmaker Utagawa Hiroshige
was one of the last important artists to record Japanese society before the opening of the country to the West.
The Ikon gallery, in Brindleyplace, is displaying a selection of Utagawa Hiroshige
's 1850s prints from the British Museum.