|Hiroshige, Snow at Yamanaka Village|
Toshidama Gallery is running its annual January sale as from today. The sale is open to Newsletter subscribers who enjoy a 30% discount on all of the prints in the exhibition. The show is something of an overview of ukiyo-e in the nineteenth century: there are three landscapes, including a superb and highly collectible Hiroshige snow scene; three terrific restaurant prints including a vibrant Kuniyoshi of The Carpenter Rokusaburo Wrestling a Giant Carp; three mythical figures which include Kyosai’s signature satire of the god Fudo reading a newspaper; and three prints of actors each by one of the three great actor portraitists of the nineteenth century, Kunisada, Kuniyoshi and Kunichika. Three warrior prints by Kuniyoshi are also represented along with four triptychs including a theatre scene by Kunisada which might have been printed yesterday.
The sale is a chance for those readers who have followed the blog this year to own museum quality prints at substantially less than market price and a handy introduction to the major genres of Japanese woodblock prints. Newsletter subscribers receive ten emails a year alerting them to a new show and including a minimum 10% discount voucher for the exhibition.
|Kuniyoshi, 36 Fashionable Restaurants|
Our new Kunichika site will start to be filled as the new year progresses and the eblogger site at the gallery is about to start a series of Kabuki Superstars; a series of downloadable pdf’s that identify the key heroes and villains of kabuki plays by their clothes, hair, gestures etc. We hope that this new series will be a helpful aid to anyone who wants a quick way to identify a play or a character seen in a print. It also gives a useful background to the major themes and characters of Japanese drama and mythology.
To subscribe to the Toshidama Gallery Newsletter, click here. The sale show runs until January 25th 2013 when it will be followed by a major exhibition of Women in Japanese prints.
Toshidama Gallery would like to wish all our readers a very happy and prosperous New Year.
|Kunichika, The Battle of Hakodate Castle|