The World of Nikuhitsu Ukiyo-e – Paintings of Beauty, Genre and Shunga
Fukuoka Art Museum (福岡市美術館)
1-6 Ohori-Koen Park, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, 810-0051 Japan
Many Ukiyo-e masterpieces such as “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji” and “The 53 Stations of the Tokaido” are made of color wood-block prints of “Nishiki-e”. However, that is not the only kind of Ukiyo-e in the world.
Many Ukiyo-e artists painted “Nikuhihitsuga” (paintings) with brush, in other words, they are “Nikuhitsu Ukiyo-e”. It is different from “Nishiki-e” because color wood-block prints are completed with the cooperative process between an engraver and a printer, while “Nikuhitu Ukiyo-e” is a painting done and solely completed by an Ukiyo-e artist until the last brush stroke. So the work is of only kind in the world. Ukiyo-e artists as painters of and their abundant abilities at their very best are demonstrated.
At this exhibition, approximately one hundred seventy works of “Nikuhitsu Ukiyo-e” (works done by sixty eight Ukiyo-e artists and works made before and after the birth of Ukiyo-e which have no signature or seal.) will be exhibited to trace the period of the dawn and demise of Ukiyo-e that blossomed in the capital of Edo.
The vestige of brushes by masters will fascinate you and allure you to the new world of Ukiyo-e.