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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)

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?


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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.


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Ukiyo-e

“The Floating World”


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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


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Origins of Wood-block Prints

  • Originally from China

  • Depicted religious symbols and scenes (mainly Buddhist)


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Emergence of Ukiyo-e

  • Tokugawa Period (1603-1868)

    • Rising power of ‘chonin’ (urban middle class)

    • Decline of samurai power b/c peace!


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The Merchant’s Taste

  • frivolous

  • no behavior code


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The Subject Matter

A response to the repression of chonin monetary expression



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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

Rest at a Tea Shop in Fukuroi


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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)

Spring Rain at Tsuchiyama


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Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770)

Osen, the Tea-shop Waitress

Bijin


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Kabuki


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by Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)

The Sumo Wrestler Abumatsu

Sumo


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Entertainment

  • by Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)

  • Bon Festival Dance


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Domestic World

  • Nagging Old Woman

  • by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)


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    Night Life


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    Views of Mt. Fuji

    An object of worship


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    Mount Fuji from Takabashi Bridge

    • by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)


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    Mount Fuji in a Summer Storm Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)



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    The Great Wave Off Kanagawa

    Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849),


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    Printing Technique

    • select wood

    • draw preliminary sketch

    • carve each block

      • different colors

    • choose paper

    • spread ink

    • rub onto paper

    Baren


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    The Printing Process - ofnishiki-e -