Category Archives: Hirosada

Life Through a Deluxe Lens

By the middle of the nineteenth century in Japan, an extraordinary art form had developed which had taken the basic single-colour woodblock print, (a form of wet ink relief reproduction common for centuries in Europe and Asia) and made it … Continue reading

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Spring – What Spring?

The spring 2020 exhibition at the Toshidama Gallery was meant to be about spring. The joy of new life; cherry blossom, budding trees, love, birth, renewal… alas,  how the world is plunged into fear and illness and despair. Life nevertheless … Continue reading

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OSAKA MON AMOUR – TRAGEDY AND LOSS

Hirosada, Nakamura Utaemon in Act 6 of Seisuiki, 1851. I thought hard about the title of this selection of prints at the Toshidama Gallery this autumn. The prints we have chosen are all prints made in the city of Osaka … Continue reading

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Mystery In Japanese Woodblock Prints

Kunichika, Nakamura Shikan as Tadanobu, 1867 It’s very easy, seeing these beautiful works of art every day at the gallery to forget that to most people, the subject matter, the technique, the imagery of Japanese prints is a mystery. Sitting … Continue reading

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Osaka and Edo… Woodblock Prints at Toshidama Gallery

It’s fantastic isn’t it, this great print by Hirosada from 1852. It’s one of several new prints we are showing at the Toshidama Gallery throughout July 2016. The prints are all scenes composed of more than one sheet of paper… … Continue reading

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A Print a Day – Hiroshige’s Mandarin Ducks

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) Kacho-e of Mandarin Ducks (Oshidori) Swimming Among Water Grasses, Chuban. 1830’s. This delightful print shows a pair of Oshidori, or Mandarin ducks swimming together in a swirl of contented harmony; unsurprising, as in Japanese (and Chinese, where … Continue reading

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Buying Japanese Woodblock Prints… a Print per Day at Toshidama Gallery

Chikanobu (1838 – 1912)  Jidai kagami (A mirror of the ages): The Bunsei era (1818 – 1830); Upper Inset: Dancer and people in front of a sign for nishiki-e, 1897 The photograph doesn’t do any justice at all to this … Continue reading

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The Genius of Hirosada

The current exhibition of Japanese prints at the Toshidama Gallery looks at portraits of the kabuki stage. Amongst the pictures on show are several by the artist Konishi Hirosada (ca. 1810-1864). Originally known as Sadahiro, he changed the order of … Continue reading

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