Category Archives: Bijin

Japanese Scrolls, Shunsen and Images of the Exotic

The Toshidama Gallery is currently showing an important collection of five vertical diptychs by the artist Katsukawa Shunsen (1762-1830). All five in the set were once mounted on hanging scrolls that were considerably longer than the double oban print. The … Continue reading

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Women of the Drowning World in Woodblock Prints.

Kunichika, The Hag of Adachi Moor. 1893 There are no pin-ups in nineteenth century Japanese prints. There aren’t any Odalisques, or Venuses departing the waves, (water cascading off cold, pert nipples); there aren’t any Susanna and the Elders or naked … Continue reading

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