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History and Romance in Japanese Prints – 4 Artists at the Toshidama Gallery

Kunichika, Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki, 1864. The scholars of the early twentieth century derided the great artists and prints of nineteenth century Japan. The assessment of artists such as Kuniyoshi and Kunisada rested on their perceived decadence… (moral or cultural decline … Continue reading

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The Warrior Sensibility in Japanese Prints

Kunichika, Minamoto no Yoshiie and Ino Hayata Hunting the Nue Kunisada, Narita no Shinzo The current exhibition at Toshidama Gallery is called The Warrior Sensibility in Japanese Prints. The twenty-four prints by seven artists cover the bulk of the nineteenth … Continue reading

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Conflict in 19th Century Japanese Prints

Kiyochika, The Battle of Kawanakajima, 1890 The current show at the Toshidama Gallery looks at prints which seem to have conflict as their central concern. It was not a tricky selection to make! Huge numbers of ukiyo-e are concerned with … Continue reading

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Kuniyoshi’s Faithful Samurai – The Bathos of Victory

I was struck, looking at some of the very beautiful images from Kuniyoshi’s 1847 series of the 47 Ronin, by the bathos of the figures – the tremendous sense of anticlimax that runs through so many of the prints. This … Continue reading

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The Chushingura

Kunichika, Biographies of the Loyal Retainers Maybe cultures choose the myths that suit their times or maybe it is the myth that inexorably shapes the culture which proceeds them. Either way there can be little doubt that myth and legend … Continue reading

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Mons, Crests and Ronins

The next exhibition at the Toshidama Gallery is devoted to the great revenge drama of Japanese culture – the Chushingura – and other folklore heroes. To anyone familiar with ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints) – the great visual art of Japan … Continue reading

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Keanu Reeves and the 47 Ronin

47 Ronin cast So, the greatest of all Japanese folk tales is to be re-imagined at a cost of 175 million dollars. November 2012 sees the 3D release of the latest of nine film versions of The Revenge of the … Continue reading

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