Japanese Art Style: Ukioye

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  • Topic: Ukiyo-e, Edo period, Japan
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Ukioye was an art style described as being “pictures of the floating world”, ukioye was a genre of Japanese art that used wood blocks to illustrate landscapes, historical events, and entertainment quarters. The art was very popular in Edo which is now known as Tokyo. Utagawa Hiroshige was a Japanese ukioye artist, born in 1797 and died in 1858. Hiroshige was one of the last artists to carry on the tradition of block wood art. During the Edo period there was a great interest in traveling, which help to inspire Hiroshige artwork and vivid descriptions of Edo’s landscape. Hiroshige also contributed to the layout that is now present Tokyo. His description of Tokyo is still use today because very little of Edo’s landscape had changed since Hiroshige drew the landscapes. Hiroshige also influenced European artist such as Vincent Van Gogh and acclaimed Russian artist Ivan Biliben. What I particularly liked about Hiroshige exhibit was his theme of the One hundred Famous Views of Edo. The pictures of the pleasure quarters were especially interesting to me because of the detail that Hiroshige showed of the quarters. I thought the pleasures quarters resembled greatly what we talked about in class, but I found that I had a greater idea of what the pleasure quarters looked like from Hiroshige art. Hiroshige displayed the pleasure quarters compared to how we discussed the pleasure quarters in class and from our readings. It was kind of interesting to see how the inside of the pleasure quarters looked like, for example Hiroshige illustrated very vividly the difference between the appearances of both the geisha and prostitute in his artwork. I especially liked how he showed one of the geisha playing an instrument, and the rooms of the entertainment quarters, which I thought might have been more private but instead the rooms were only separated by thin sliding doors. I also thought it was interesting how Hiroshige displayed what the geisha did to entertain. I did not realize...
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