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Fleeting Beauty: Japanese Woodblock Prints

Thu Apr 1 – Sun Jul 4 2010

Asian Art Museum

Tateuchi Galleries

This exhibition brings together prints from the most renowned ukiyo-e artists of the 18th and 19th centuries—including Harunobu, Utamaro, Eishi and Hiroshige—along with Hokusai’s most beloved prints, Great Wave off Kanagawa and Red Fuji. These Japanese woodblock prints demonstrate an evocative play between delicate ink lines and rich blocks of color in portraits of beautiful women and kabuki actors, jewel-like landscapes of famous places, and more. Drawn from the Mary and Allan Kollar Collection, a gift to the Seattle Art Museum on the occasion of its 75th Anniversary, this installation introduces the region to a remarkable collection of prints, all taken from early impressions and in excellent condition.

–Catherine Roche, Interim Curatorial Associate for Japanese and Korean Art


Educational Resources
To explore this exhibition a little deeper, download our resources list and bibliography.

In the Well of the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa-oki namiura) from the series: Fugaku sanjûrokkei (Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji) (detail), ca. 1830–32, Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese, 1760–1849, color woodblock print on paper, 10 1/4 x 14 7/8 in., Gift of Mary and Allan Kollar, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum, 2009.71, Photo: Susan Cole