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Tour: Japan on Paper

Event Date as Display String:

Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 3:30pm - 4:30pm


32 Quincy St., Cambridge MA



Event Description:

Gazette Classification: Art/Design Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Art
Museums Cost: Free with museums admission. Ticket Web Link:
https://www.harvardartmuseums.org/plan-your-visit Contact Info:
Harvard Art Museums 32 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA 02138 1 (617)
495-9400 Link: https://www.harvardartmuseums.org/visit/calendar/tour-japan-on-paper-1
Join us for an in-depth tour of our exhibition Japan on Paper, on view
May 25 through Aug. 11, 2019 in the University Study Gallery on Level
3. Japanese woodblock prints, with their sophisticated designs and
bold planes of color, have long attracted viewers and inspired Western
artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Mary Cassatt. These technically
refined and aesthetically exciting prints were among the earliest
works of Asian art acquired by the Harvard Art Museums, first entering
the collections in 1910. Today the museums house approximately 5,000
single-sheet Japanese woodblock prints, and this exhibition
introduces, among other works, a selection of superlative impressions
from this lively medium. Japan on Paper also seeks to highlight the
individuals whose generosity has made it possible for generations of
Harvard students to encounter and learn from these works. The
exhibition features almost 50 works spanning the history of Japanese
woodblock printing, from the 17th through the 20th century; these
include single-sheet prints, luxury surimono prints, printed
handscrolls, and printed books by renowned designers such as Suzuki
Harunobu (1725–1770), pioneer of the full-color print; landscape
specialist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858); enigmatic designer Sharaku
(active 1794–95); Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800); and the ever-popular
Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849). Also included are modern "new print"
(shin hanga) and "creative print" (sōsaku hanga) works by the leaders
of these two 20th-century movements, as well as a selection of
woodblock printing tools to enhance visitors' understanding of the



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Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 15:30 to 16:30



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