What do we see, when we view a Japanese ukiyo-e print? How do we ‘read’ the signs, symbols and narratives – from courtesans to actors, travellers to warriors? What materials and makers are involved in their production? How did they evolve to become the iconic images we know today? What impact have these artworks had on art and culture in the West? This three-day course explores these questions, giving you the confidence to look independently, and develop a deeper connection and enjoyment of this exquisite art form.
UTAGAWA HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)
From Nihonbashi to Edobashi (Nihonbashi Edobashi)
From the series Famous Places in Edo (Edo meisho)
Signed Hiroshige ga
Censor's seals Mera (Mera Ta'ichiro) and Watanabe (Watanabe Gentaro)
Published by Yamadaya Shojiro (Kinkyodo), 1853
Horizontal oban: 25 x 37.2 cm. (10 x 145⁄8 in.)