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  • 執筆者の写真伝統屋 暁

Ukiyo-e and Japonisme


Konnichiwa! Hallo everyone! It's been really cold these days. How is everyone doing? We held a charity event in January to sell traditional crafts. And then we have donated a part of the sales to Fuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture, hoping that it will be used for coronavirus infection control. We donated a total of 30,000 yen, with part of the purchases and some people paying a lot, saying "Please use it for donations." I'm sure there are many people who are having a hard time because of infectious diseases that haven't stopped yet. I hope it helps you even a little. The donation was published in the local newspaper "Fuji News"!

In addition, we were able to finish the consignment sale at the Sano Art Museum with great success. In addition, consignment sales of Tamahagane accessories are available at the "Fukuoka City Museum" until February 27 (Sun) and at the "Mori Arts Center Gallery" in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, until March 25 (Fri). Tamahagane hair elastic and ring earrings seem to be popular this time!

At The HEROES exhibition at "Mori Arts Center Gallery", you can see swords and Ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints) from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "Museum of Fine Arts, Boston?" Woodblock prints and swords from overseas?? Some may think so. In fact, Ukiyo-e woodblock prints crossed the sea in the 19th century and are now in the collection all over the world. One of the most famous is the Ukiyo-e collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It is said that woodblock prints first came into the eyes of the West in earnest at the World's Fair held in Paris in 1867. Surprisingly, woodblock prints were initially used as a packaging material for export pottery, and eventually caught the eye of the upper class. Then it is collected by the upper class and sold by merchants. And Japanese art such as ukiyo-e prints fascinates the hearts of Western people, and "Japonism" becomes popular. The famous painter Claude Monet was also a collector of ukiyo-e, and he seemed to like Japanese culture so much that he built a Japanese garden at home. Van Gogh also copied Ukiyo-e prints, which seems to have had a great influence. European paintings have been expressed as realistically as photographs, but woodblock prints may have been a completely different new expression. Moreover, woodblock prints have influenced not only paintings but also the world of music!!! Debussy was influenced by Katsushika Hokusai's "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, The Great Wave" when composing his symphony "La Mer".

This woodblock prints is displayed in his study, and it is also drawn on the cover of the score of this song. Ravel was also fascinated by "The Great Wave" and composed "Une barque sur l'océan". "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji", which is overwhelmingly well-known overseas, is a masterpiece of Katsushika Hokusai. In the latter half of the 19th century, Paris reached the heyday of "Japonisme" under the influence of Hokusai and others, and was selected as the best painter of the 19th century by "LIFE" magazine in the United States, apart from Van Gogh and others. Compared to Western art, which has been expressed as realistically as in the photograph, Katsushika Hokusai drew invisible things, such as the wind and swaying vegetation. The unique graphical expression seen in the bold composition is regarded as a new genre called "HOKUSAI". It is also surprising that "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" was drawn when he was over 70 years old. Katsushika Hokusai, which has been highly acclaimed overseas, is holding exhibitions in major European cities such as London, Paris, and Berlin. Now, let's get back to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In fact, the woodblock of Katsushika Hokusai from the Edo period were sleeping in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In the Meiji era, high-quality works were brought out from Japan, and thanks to it, they were protected from air raids and remained safe even now. In 1986, Japanese trainees visited the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and conducted a survey. At that time, the woodblock used to create the ukiyo-e was also found. Therefore, the project to "re-print the old wood in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston" started. The museum people who were not happy to lend them to a small print studio were impressed by the reprinted works. This was possible because there was a craftsman with great old-fashioned skills, and it is the same with other traditional crafts. Dentoya-Akatsuki also aims to inherit the craftsman's skills in that way. Through this ukiyo-e project, I realized that it was very important again! And, our shop Dentoya-Akatsuki will be exhibiting at Japan Expo in Paris this summer! We will make an effort to let people around the world know about traditional Japanese techniques! *♪¸¸.•*¨・:*ೄ·♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪✧*♪¸¸.•*¨・:*ೄ·*♪¸¸.•*¨・:*ೄ·♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪✧*♪¸¸.•*¨・:*ೄ· We deliver you Japanese genuine skill with warmhearted crafts. We hope that we can continue to help you add color to your life with "tradition" and "craftsmanship".



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