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?
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.
Ukiyo-e “The Floating World”
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 • Originally from China • Depicted religious symbols and scenes (mainly Buddhist)
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 • frivolous • no behavior code
The Subject Matter A response to the repression of chonin monetary expression
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) Rest at a Tea Shop in Fukuroi
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) Spring Rain at Tsuchiyama
Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770) Osen, the Tea-shop Waitress Bijin
by Ichirakusai Eisui (ca. 1800) • Yoyoharu, Courtesan of the Matsubaya Pleasure House
by Utagawa Toyokuni (1769-1825) • The Actor Iwai Kiyotaro I and his Attendant Kabuki
by Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864) The Sumo Wrestler Abumatsu Sumo
By Keisai Eisen (1791-1848) • Enjoying the Evening Breeze at Ryogoku
Entertainment • by Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864) • Bon Festival Dance
Domestic World • Nagging Old Woman • by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)
Night Scene at Saruwakacho • Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) Night Life
Views of Mt. Fuji An object of worship
Mount Fuji from Takabashi Bridge • by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)
Mount Fuji in a Summer Storm Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)
The Great Wave Off Kanagawa Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849),
Printing Technique • select wood • draw preliminary sketch • carve each block • different colors • choose paper • spread ink • rub onto paper Baren