About 170 artworks in the ukiyo-e style, including the iconic Great Wave off Kanagawa, are now showing at an exhibit in Shanghai.
The collection of woodblock prints and paintings highlight the popular Japanese art form that was highly influential on a generation of lauded Western artists.
Ukiyo-e, which comes from the Japanese word ukiyo, or floating world, is used to describe the hedonistic lifestyle that emerged during the Edo period from the 17th to the 19th century. Many scenes depict kabuki theaters, sumo wrestlers, and geishas, although folk tales and history were also covered. Nature and landscapes were captured during the art’s later years, with Katsushika Hokusai’s Great Wave being the most recognizable.
During the late 19th century, ukiyo-e was how the West perceived Japanese art. Parallels can be drawn between ukiyo-e prints and the some of the works by impressionism artists such as Claude Monet and Édouard Manet, as well as post-impressionists like Vincent van Gogh.
The exhibition is on now until January 6, 2019 at Zhongjin Plaza in Xujiahui. See below for more details.
Masterpieces of Ukiyo-e
Now till January 6, 2019, 10am to 6pm
2/F, Building A, 331 Caoxi Bei Road / 中金国际广场-A座漕溪北路331号2楼