historic Japanese print depicting trees on a mountain slope covered in snow

Ando Hiroshige, Japanese (1797 – 1858), Kameyama Yukibare [Kameyama: Clear Weather After a Snowfall], 1833 – 1834, #47 from the series Tōkaidō gojyūsan tsugi no nai [Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō], woodcut on paper, 9 x 13 ½ inches, Gift of Helen Baker Jones, in memory of her father, James H. Baker, former President of CU (1892-1914), CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 67.333.03, Photo: Jeff Wells, © CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder

From Cherry Blossoms To Snow Gardens: The Floating World of Japanese Prints

February 9–March 23, 2013

From Cherry Blossoms To Snow Gardens features woodblock prints by famed ukiyo-e masters of the 19th century including Utagawa Hiroshige, Utagawa Kunisada, Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Katsushika Hokusai. These artists documented the everyday life of Edo (present day Tokyo) through vibrant images of landscape, travel, commerce and leisure. Among the many subjects represented in the exhibition are sumo wrestlers, logging and bamboo harvesting, images of the passing seasons, fireworks and boating. The exhibition also features 20th-century Japanese prints by Shiro Ikegawa, Hashiguchi Goyō, Kaoru Kawano and Kiyoshi Saito. Concurrently on view are examples of popular 20th-century Japanese print culture, such as selections of mid-century Chiyogami prints as well as prints that reflect both the evolution and continuity of Japanese visual narratives.

This exhibition was generously supported in part by the HBB Foundation, CU Art Museum benefactors and members, and CU-Boulder Student Arts and Cultural Enrichment fees. Additional support for this exhibition and related programs was generously provided by CU-Boulder’s Center for Asian Studies.