The artist 150 years ago inspired cutting edge designers: Ukiyo-e art exhibition “Kuniyoshi: Spectacular Ukiyo-e Imagination”
“Asahina Playing in the Island of Dwarfs”
The huge whale and samurai lie through the entirety of the screen. A man whose face is made of many people….The curious, bold and dynamic composition of these picures were drawn by UTAGAWA Kuniyoshi, Ukiyoe artist in 19th century.
The exhibition “Kuniyoshi: Spectacular Ukiyo-e Imagination” is held to mark the 150th anniversary of his death.
“Princess Takiyasha Calling up a Monstrous Skeleton Specter at the Old Palace in Sōma”
Of course there were many great Ukiyo-e artists but Kuniyoshi won high marks for his talent at drawing, his rich imagination and superior design. He drew many unbelievable scenes, people and animals in a true-to-life way.
Left: “Singing ‘Bonbon’ Song Series: Set of Gofdfish”
Right: “Fifty-three Cats as Puns for the Names of the Stations on the Tōkaidō Road”
Kuniyoshi loved cats and goldfish so he drew many cats and goldfish. His cats and goldfish are very cute and come to life. They express the life of humans with humor.
“He Looks Fierce but He’s a Really Great Man”
The exhibition is the largest ever, over 400 drawings and prints are going on display.
Even now, his drawings are fresh and full of surprises. Kuniyosi’s Ukiyo-e will inspire you.