Japanese Prints in Transition Virtual Access Day

People looking at Mount Fuji from outdoor deck

Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), Fuji from the Sazai Hall at the Temple of the Five Hundred Rakan, from the series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, ca. 1830–1832. Color woodcut, 10 3⁄16 × 14 13⁄16 in. (25.8 × 37.8 cm). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Patricia Brown McNamara, Jane Brown Dunaway, and Helen Brown Jarman in memory of Mary Wattis Brown, 64.47.65. Photograph by Randy Dodson

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Join one, or both, virtual tours of Japanese Prints in Transition: From the Floating World to the Modern World led by museum docents. The talk at 10 am will provide an overview of highlights from the exhibition for a general audience. The 11:30 am presentation, designed for people who have vision impairment, will include highly detailed descriptions of each piece presented. All are welcome to both tours. There will be an opportunity to ask questions, and both programs will be captioned.

About the exhibition

In 1868 Japan’s shogun was overthrown, marking the end of feudal military rule and ushering in the Meiji era (1868–1912), a period of modernization and exchange with other nations. As Japan’s society shifted, so too did its print culture. The delicately colored ukiyo-e (floating world woodblock prints) of actors, courtesans, and scenic views that had flourished for over a century were replaced with brightly colored images of Western architecture, technology, Victorian fashions and customs, and modern military warfare. This two-part exhibition (the floating world and the modern world) highlights this stylistic transition and the work of one artist, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, who successfully spanned them both. His distinctive, sometimes eccentric, images serve as a link between the two eras.

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Free admission by advance registration:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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