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People, Places and Things in Japanese Prints

Chikanobu, Tango at the Chiyoda Palace, 1894 The new show at the Toshidama Gallery which opens on the 25th May 2018 has the apparently obvious title, People, Places and Things. I am a the director of the gallery and I … Continue reading

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Japanese Prints, Henri Joly and the Amateur Scholars.

The current show at the Toshidama Gallery is in honour of the amateur orientalist, scholar and Japanese art enthusiast, Henri Louis Joly. Joly was one of many amateur collectors and members of an enthusiastic circle of Europeans and Americans who … 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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Impressions of Women – Ukiyo-e and Impressionism

Yoshimori,  53 Stations of the Tokaido 1872 It’s handy to think of national (or even nationalistic) characteristics in art; I’m thinking of books such as Pevsner’s The Englishness of English Art from 1955 for example. The reality is that people … Continue reading

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Japonisme? – non merci: “The Cult of Beauty” at the V&A London

The Cult of Beauty exhibition currently showing at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is a disappointing affair, looking in detail at the mainly British Aesthetic Movement which flourished in the very late nineteenth century. The most obvious problem … Continue reading

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