Masters of Japanese Prints: Hokusai and Hiroshige Landscapes at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Masters of Japanese Prints: Hokusai and Hiroshige Landscapes at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Posted on: 11 Sep 2018

Stunning woodblock prints by two of Japan's most revered artists - Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige will go on display at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery from Saturday 22nd September 2018 to Sunday 6th January 2019.


The exhibition will look at the incredible, dynamic prints by the two artists who, between the 1830s and the 1850s, created an entirely new, exhilarating approach to the form which ultimately became extremely popular with, not only their personal collectors but appreciators of Japanese prints in the western world too.

Katsushika Hokusai painting

Radical and groundbreaking, you'll be able to see how Hokusai broke artistic boundaries with his series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, as well as his amazing colourful and arrested experimentations with Prussian Blue dye (only newly available at the time) and his seminal design The Great Wave Off Kanagawa.

Hiroshige was suitably inspired and vivified by Hokusai's success in the medium and went on to create his own distinctive creations such as The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road, which you'll be able to marvel at alongside spectacular prints from others in the artist's anthology.

Focusing on the ways in which these revolutionary Japanese artists use changes in light, innovative perspectives and their incorporation of human figures to engage viewers in their depictions, this - actually the first of three exhibitions showcasing the venue's Japanese print collection - is an unusual, unique and artistically edifying glimpse into the singular creative minds of these fantastic artists.

You can find out more about this and other exhibitions and events at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery here. Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is located at Queens Rd, Bristol, BS8 1RL.  Tel. 0117 922 3571. 

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Jamie Caddick

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