The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Auspicious Images: Japanese Prints from the Permanent Collection

Hiroshige, Ando. The Fifty-Three Stages of The Tokaido: #53 Kusatsu. 1831-34
Kunisada, Utagawa. One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets: #19, Ise. 1844-1845
Kunichika, Toyohara. Two Kabuki Actors. 1870s

November 15, 2014-March 15, 2015

Literally meaning “pictures of the floating world”, ukiyo-e refers to the famous Japanese woodblock prints genre that originated in the seventeenth century. Informed by depictions of city life, entertainment, leisure, beautiful women, kabuki actors, and landscapes, ukiyo-e magnified the sophistication of the newly minted bourgeoisie who had found a playground in Edo (modern-day Tokyo).


This exhibition was curated by Ashley Rubin, M.A. Art History Graduate.