Five Years of the Toshidama Gallery

Kunisada, Nakamura Shikan IV as Nuragami and Ichikawa Ichizo III as Hanaregoma

Kunisada, Nakamura Shikan IV as Nuragami and Ichikawa Ichizo III as Hanaregoma

It’s been 5 year since the Toshidama Gallery launched its online gallery, with themed virtual exhibitions and extensive catalogue notes, and to celebrate we are holding a show looking back over the past five years – and offering an extra 5% discount to newsletter subscribers.

Kunisada, Sumiyoshi Dancers

Kunisada, Sumiyoshi Dancers

Over the past five years we have explored many tropes in Japanese Prints – both on the website itself, in the catalogue entries and exhibition essays, and in the hundreds of thousands of words on subjects as diverse as the impact of ukiyo-e on Frank Lloyd Wright and therefore contemporary architecture, and the mythologies and anxieties surrounding the modernisation of Japan in the latter half of the 19th Century.  We have looked at contemporary artists influenced by Japanese prints, the impact of ukiyo-e on Western art during the 19th Century and even invented a category of our own to describe specifically the Japanese woodblock prints of the 19th Century – “dekiyo-e“.

Toshihide, Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Umeomaru

Toshihide, Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Umeomaru

In the current exhibition at Toshidama Gallery we have looked back over the past few years and put together a number of prints from our most memorable or favourite shows.  It’s been a really difficult decision – we’ve had some fantastic exhibitions – some focussing on artists such as Kuniyoshi, Kunichika or the Osaka School; some on throught-provoking themes such as “dekiyo-e” or representations of women in Japanese Prints; and a great deal of extraordinary prints have come through the gallery.  There is a 15% discount for newsletter subscribers on all prints in this retrospective.

Yoshitora, 53 Stations of the Tokaido Road - Futakawa

Yoshitora, 53 Stations of the Tokaido Road – Futakawa

This feels like a good time to thank all our visitors for taking an interest in what we do and what we love – Japanese prints! – and to urge you to stop and take a moment to entertain yourselves by looking over some of our essays and articles from the past five years  We have dramatic changes coming up at the Gallery – mainly a change in premises – so look forward to beginning our next five years dealing online in Japanese Prints with an exhibition of all-new prints in early December.

Kunisada, Warrior Print

Kunisada, Warrior Print

About toshidama

Toshidama Gallery sells original nineteenth century Japanese woodblock prints. We source our prints from around the world and only stock original, authenticated works of museum quality.
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