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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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Male Tragedy in Japanese Prints

Kunichika, The Tokaido Road Kabuki Theatre and Japanese Woodblock prints… the defining cultural artefacts of nineteenth century Japan. It’s hard to think of anything else which recounts the daily and national struggles of a people more than these two linked … Continue reading

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Doomed! Michelangelo, Blake and the Upside Down Man

Hirosada, A Collection of Elegant Poems 1849 In the current exhibition at The Toshidama Gallery, there are two modest prints on show; one is by Konishi Hirosada (ca 1810 – 1864), from A Collection of Elegant Poems of 1849 (left), … 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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Myths of the Stage… The Fantasy of Kabuki Woodblock Prints and Ziggy Stardust

Hirosada. Arashi Rikaku II as Nippon Daemon, 1852 Having just acquired some lithographic printed photographs of the actor, Onoe Kikugoro V, (Baiko), I was struck by how different the reality of the stage is when compared to the mystical… the … Continue reading

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Japanese Prints and Their Place in the World – A Personal Appreciation by Alex Faulkner

Yoshitaki, Bando Hikosaburo and Arashi Rikan, 1850 It is five years since Toshidama Gallery made the decision to open an online, virtual exhibition space on the internet. In that time we have had nearly fifty dedicated and themed exhibitions, we … Continue reading

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Nishiki-e in Osaka and Edo

Yoshitoshi, Supernatural Beings at Shirazunoyabu in Yawata, 1881 Aha! The hated colour. A theme that we keep returning to is the ‘decadence’ of the nineteenth century Japanese woodblock print. The ‘rot’ really set in though in the eighteenth century, with … Continue reading

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