Pictures of the changing world. Ukiyo-e engraving, ceramics and enamels of Japan

Exhibition December 19, 2020 − February 28, 2021
The Saratov State Art Museum named after A.N. Radishchev holds an exhibition “Pictures of the changing world. Ukiyo-e engraving, ceramics and enamels of Japan ".

The exhibition introduces viewers to the original art of classical ukiyo-e engraving and the decorative and applied art of Japan. The exhibition features works by such famous ukiyo-e masters as Kunitika Toyohara and Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, as well as Utagawa Yoshiku, Utagawa Yoshitora and Utagawa Yoshikata, students of the famous Utagawa Kuniyoshi.

The illustrated editions of the 20th century, included in the exhibition, acquaint with the work of the famous masters of ukiyo-e engraving. Kitagawa Utamaro, Suzuki Harunobu, Ippitsusaya Buntho, who worked in the bijinga genre and praised female beauty; Tosyusaya Sharaku, who was one of the first to portray actors as specific personalities, achieving portrait likeness. The landscape genre of ukiyo-e is represented by the works of famous artists Katsushika Hokusai and Ando Hiroshige. In the series of engravings they created with views of Mount Fuji, the cities of Tokkaido and Edo, the beauty and grandeur of native nature, the frailty and transience of human life are conveyed. The exhibition also displays unique ceramic and porcelain works, exquisite enamels made by Japanese craftsmen in the 18th - early 20th centuries.

Ukiyo-e engraving, ceramics and enamels of the Land of the Rising Sun are the embodiment of an artistic tradition, a subject of national pride in Japan. They were and remain interesting and attractive for art lovers. A striking invention of the Japanese enamel was the technique of "enamel on a ceramic basis" - tojitai-shippo, in which metal partitions were applied to earthenware or porcelain items. The exhibition features a unique piece - a bowl with a lid, made using the tojitai-shippo technique in Seto, in the 1880s. Such items were made only in Japan, the production technology has now been lost.

Based on the official website Saratov State Art Museum. A.N. Radishcheva.