Scholten Japanese Art | On The Vanguard: Meiji Period Woodblock Prints


Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), The Painting ‘Fujiwara Yasumasa Plays the Flute by Moonlight’ Displayed at the Exhibition for the Promotion of Painting in Autumn 1882

March 11 – March 20, 2021

On The Vanguard: Meiji Period Woodblock Prints
Scholten Japanese Art

In-Person Viewing:
145 West 58th Street, Suite 6D
New York, New York 10019 USA

Virtual Viewing:

Scholten Japanese Art is proud to announce our upcoming exhibition as part of Asia Week NY – On The Vanguard: Meiji Period Woodblock Prints. Open at the gallery by appointment March 11-20. The full exhibition can be viewed online now.

This is a two-part exhibition exploring how artists responded to the introduction of foreign elements as Japan opened up to the West in the Meiji Period (1868-1912). The artists on the vanguard lead the way by balancing society’s intermittent longing for ‘Old Japan’ while adapting, and even embracing, a changing world. Part One-Cultures Collide, offers a selection of prints either celebrating Western influence or resisting the march toward modernity by embracing nostalgia. Part Two-On the Front Lines, presents a group of prints issued during a burst of creative productivity when Japan entered the international theater of war in 1894-95 in the First Sino-Japanese War, and again in 1904-05 with the Russo-Japanese War. Both conflicts reinvigorated the woodblock print market whose artists were already well-versed in art celebrating warriors and heroic tales.

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