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Tokugawa Arts (Edo Period). How is nature portrayed? How are people portrayed? What mood does the image convey? Describe the artist’s use of color. What similarities do you see? What differences do you see? How do you think each image was produced by the artist?

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tokugawa arts edo period
Tokugawa Arts(Edo Period)

How is nature portrayed?

How are people portrayed?

What mood does the image convey?

Describe the artist’s use of color.

What similarities do you see?

What differences do you see?

How do you think each image was produced by the artist?

Based on what you know about Tokugawa society, which of the two images is an example of art for the upper classes? Why?

Which do you think is an example of art for the merchant (lower) class? Why?

slide2

The Old Plum, ca. 1645, attributed to Kano Sansetsu (1589/90–1651) Gold-leaf screen.

The Tama River in Autumn, c. 1835. Hokusai (1760-1849) Woodblock print.

slide4

Ukiyo-e

“The Floating World”

kanji meanings
Sorrowful World

the Buddhist translation

the impermanence of the human world

Cheerful World

Edo Period translation

society of sensual pleasure

Kanji Meanings

Timeless meaning: transitory world

the world of here and now - a present reality

origins of wood block prints
Origins of Wood-block Prints
  • Originally from China
  • Depicted religious symbols and scenes (mainly Buddhist)
emergence of ukiyo e
Emergence of Ukiyo-e
  • Tokugawa Period (1603-1868)
    • Rising power of ‘chonin’ (urban middle class)
    • Decline of samurai power b/c peace!
the merchant s taste
The Merchant’s Taste
  • frivolous
  • no behavior code
the subject matter

The Subject Matter

A response to the repression of chonin monetary expression

slide12

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

Rest at a Tea Shop in Fukuroi

slide13

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

Spring Rain at Tsuchiyama

slide14

Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770)

Osen, the Tea-shop Waitress

Bijin

slide15

by Ichirakusai Eisui (ca. 1800)

  • Yoyoharu, Courtesan of the Matsubaya Pleasure House
slide16

by Utagawa Toyokuni (1769-1825)

  • The Actor Iwai Kiyotaro I and his Attendant

Kabuki

slide17

by Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)

The Sumo Wrestler Abumatsu

Sumo

slide18

By Keisai Eisen (1791-1848)

  • Enjoying the Evening Breeze at Ryogoku
slide20

Entertainment

  • by Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)
  • Bon Festival Dance
slide21

Domestic World

        • Nagging Old Woman
  • by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)
slide22

Night Scene at Saruwakacho

  • Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

Night Life

views of mt fuji

Views of Mt. Fuji

An object of worship

slide24

Mount Fuji from Takabashi Bridge

  • by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)
slide27

The Great Wave Off Kanagawa

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849),

printing technique
Printing Technique
  • select wood
  • draw preliminary sketch
  • carve each block
    • different colors
  • choose paper
  • spread ink
  • rub onto paper

Baren

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