London, Royal Academy of Arts

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) is regarded as one of the greatest Japanese print artists not only because of his mastery of the famous Ukiyo-e school of Japanese art, but also because his drawings dominated 19th century printmaking in Japan. The Royal Academy of Arts presents over 150 works, mostly drawn from the collection of Professor Arthur R. Miller that has been recently donated to the American Friends of the British Museum.

This is the first Kuniyoshi exhibition in the United Kingdom since 1961, and reveals how prolific and multitalented he was. Divided into six sections, the exhibition begins with “Kuniyoshi’s imagination” focusing on the diversity of his work and his special approach. Following this general introduction, a more in-depth selection highlights themes such as warriors, landscapes, women, beauty and humor. Rare and original brush drawings, woodblocks and an extraordinary collection of triptychs take visitors on a journey into Japan’s history.



March 21 through June 7, 2009
Burlington House, Piccadilly
London W1J
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