“Utamaro and the Lure of Japan” is the long-awaited celebration of Japanese art at the Wadsworth Atheneum. With more than 50 paintings, prints, textiles, porcelain, and armaments taken from the Atheneum’s 1,000-object collection of Japanese art, the exhibition fully explores for the first time the depths of the museum’s holdings in this area.
At the center of the exhibition lies the reunion of two monumental scroll paintings by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806): the Wadsworth Atheneum’s ownCherry Blossoms at Yoshiwara and its recently re-discovered companion Fukagawa in the Snow from the Okada Museum in Hakone, Japan. Side by side these paintings, which are considered Utamaro’s most ambitious works, will offer visitors a renewed assessment of his art and reaffirm his mastery. Cherry Blossoms at Yoshiwara is rarely exhibited, and together with its counterpart will provide a unique window into Japan during the Edo period (1615-1868).
Utamaro and the Lure of Japan is on from January 7, 2017 to March 26, 2017. (Of course, please shop by the museum’s gift shop for a thoughtful selection of Noted’s and other’s products).
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