Selection from the Collection of Chiba City Museum of Art 2023-2
The exhibition selected from permanent collection is on view Apr. 5～Apr. 30, 2023.
⁂Expression of light and shadow in Japanese art
The title of the woodblock scroll prints below is "Jokyoshu 乗興舟(Impromptu Pleasures Afloat) by ITO Jakuchu.
Jakuchu effectively utilized the contrast between black and white to depict the light and the sound of water. Daiten who was a priest of Shokoku-ji Temple made poems , while jakuchu sketched on boat down the Yodo River in 1767.
The title of the woodblock print below is "Picture Book of Crazy Gazing at the Moon" by KITAGAWA Utamaro(? ～1806) Utamaro depicted a banquet in a snowy day.
It was published in 1789.
The title of the woodblock print below is below is "The silver World" by KITAGAWA Utamaro Utamaro depicted a banquet in sno
We can hear the voices of the guests drawn in two shades of the black ink.
⁂Ukiyo-e in the Age of Photogaphy
The title of the woodblock print above is "Illustrations for Hair Style of Women in Japan" by SHOSAI Ginko 松斉吟光 (1853～1902).
Since The Tokyo Goverment banned women from changing their traditional hair-do
in 1872 (Meiji 5), women had to keep their traditional hair style , while many men got their hair cut.
It was published in 1885 (Meiji 18)
The title of the woodblock print above is "Night Scene ofthe Shop at Ginza" by INOUE Yasuji (1864～99). Yasuji intentionaly depicted shadows of the people negotiating in the shop and
cans and bottlings piled on the shelves which were lit up.
It was published in 1882(Meiji 15)
The title of the woodblock print above is "The Actor Bando Mitsugoro VI as Otokonosuke from the series Photographic Mirror of Actors" by OCHIAI Yoshiiku (1833～1904).
'Photography' represented civilization in Meiji era so that photo studios became popular. Yoshiiku depicted actors in a photorealistic style.
It was published in 1870 (Meiji3).
⁂Special Edition: ENDO Takeo, from the Artworks Related to Chiba City and Boso Area
"Scenes of Chiba City Hall in the Showa 30's"
Takeo is a harsh but humorous caricaturist who lived in Chiba City in 1922(Taisho11).
The left: Admission Procedure
The middle: Day Labors on a Rainy Day
The Right: Contact Window at a City Hall