If you are heading over to Oxford to see the new Meiji period textile show at the Ashmolean why not pop into to Sanders to see our fantastic collection of Meiji woodblock prints.
The Ashmolean exhibition promises to be a spectacular display: While it turns cold outside, the Ashmolean’s autumn-winter exhibition
celebrates sumptuous interiors. Many of us are aware of the beauty of
the traditional Japanese kimono. ‘Threads of Silk and Gold’ introduces
the less well known but equally spectacular ornamental textiles that
were made for western homes during Japan’s Meiji era (1868–1912). This
was the famous period of Japonisme, which saw the European Impressionist
painters exploring themes and styles taken from Japanese art, and
Victorian rooms filled with Japanese decorative arts and crafts.
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Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900)
Woodblock print (nishiki-e)
Ôban tate-e single sheet [9.5 x 14 inches]
Signature: Toyohara Kunichika hitsu
Publisher: Takegawa Seikichi
Series: Genji gojuyon jo: 54 Modern Feelings Compared with Genji-e.
Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900) was talented as a child and at about thirteen he
became a student of Tokyo's then-leading print maker, Utagawa Kunisada.
His deep appreciation and knowledge of kabuki drama led to his
production primarily of ukiyo-e actor-prints, woodblock prints of kabuki
actors and scenes from popular plays of the time. An alcoholic and
womanizer, Kunichika also portrayed beautiful women (bijin-ga),
contemporary social life, and a few landscapes and historical scenes. He
worked successfully in the Edo period, and carried those traditions
into the Meiji period. To his contemporaries and now to some modern art
historians, this has been seen as a significant achievement during a
transitional period of great social and political change in Japan's