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Masterpieces of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi: <EM>Rising Moon Over Mount Nanping - Cao Cao, Japan</EM>, 1885Woodblock print on paperPacific Asia Museum Collection
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi: Rising Moon Over Mount Nanping - Cao Cao, Japan, 1885
Woodblock print on paper
Pacific Asia Museum Collection
Masterpieces of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA  •  Pacific Asia Museum  •  Ongoing

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) is regarded as one of the most important Japanese printmakers of the 19th century. Trained originally as a student of Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861), Yoshitoshi broke new ground in composition, subject matter and technique in woodblock printing.

His prints often depict well-known stories from Japanese history and legend but present them in highly original, sometimes shocking compositions that exhibit a range of influences. This exhibition features approximately 100 of Yoshitoshi’s prints and drawings, representing the full span of his artistic career.

The Meiji period (1868-1912) was a period of dynamic intercultural exchange and economic expansion in Japan, which is clearly reflected in Yoshitoshi’s work. Depictions of steam locomotives and European dress show a new cultural landscape, and his compositions bristle with hyper energy, distinctive shading and perspective. Other subjects include demons, ghosts, warriors, supernatural animals, popular Kabuki actors and well-known beauties, which have contributed to his ongoing popularity.

The prints come from a private Las Vegas collection as well as the Pacific Asia Museum collection.

Pacific Asia Museum Website

Contact: Pacific Asia Museum
46 North Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, California 91101
Tel: (1) 626 449 27 42

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