Museum Proposal

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MUSEUM PROPOSAL

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Introduction ....................................................................................... i Okumura Masanobu ......................................................................... 1 Kitagawa Utamaro ............................................................................ 3 Utagawa Kunisada ............................................................................ 7 Utagawa Kuniyasu ............................................................................ 9 Ando Hiroshige .............................................................................. 11 Utagawa Kuniyoshi ......................................................................... 15 Utagawa Kuniteru .......................................................................... 23 References ...................................................................................... 25

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During the Edo period from 1603 to 1867, Japan, fearing European colonization, sought to preserve its traditional culture and history. The Tokugawa shogunate, a military governing power that greatly influenced the people, created a new order restricting Japanese citizens from traveling overseas, returning from abroad, and trading with unauthorized foreign traders. This period of isolation spawned various movements of art that were distinctly Japanese; among these movements was one called Ukiyo-e. Ukiyo-e can be translated to "pictures of the floating world" and was a combination of emaki (traditional picture scrolls) and decorative arts. The earliest works from this movement can be traced back to screen paintings of the entertainment districts and subjects often featured ranged from Kabuki (Japanese theatre) actors to courtesans and erotica. Soon after its emergence, Ukiyo-e artists moved from working with screens to woodblock printing. Images would be drawn on a substrate, which would then be pasted onto a block of wood. A wood cutter would carve out the negative areas of the block to reveal the print. In its earliest form, every different colour used to print would have to be carved on a separate block of wood. As a result of this, artists would often only see the final image once all the blocks were printed. Many Ukiyo-e artists collaborated closely with publishers and printers to produce their works. Similar to the Western world, woodblock printing was very prominent in book publishing to provide illustrations for stories or manuals that could be produced, stored, and passed down to later generations. The following proposal selects works from some of the most prominent Ukiyo-e artists (chronologically) as well as works that embody historical or design significance.

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Kyoyu and Sofu (1741-1751)
by Okumura Masanobu

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This piece was created by a method that imitates the 'stone rubbing' style of woodblock printing, which is a traditional method for collecting inscriptions and images from a stone stele..The subject of this print is based on a Classical Chinese story of the legendary recluses of Kyoyu and Sofu. The images illustrate the disgust characters feel about an invitation from the imperial court to take political power.

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The Courtesan Takigawa of Ogiya
by Kitagawa Utamaro

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Utamaro was known for using soft brown or yellow backgrounds to accentuate and emphasize the light skin-tones of subjects he drew. Apart from adding these accents to the skin-tones, Utamaro also employs the use of dark, heavy objects to bring out the lighter elements in the portrait, as seen in the hair of the courtesan.

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Three Beauties
by Kitagawa Utamaro

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The triangular setting of the three characters in this piece was a device created and usd often by Kitagawa Utamaro. This use of space creates a unique sense of balance in the piece as well as a...
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