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Special Exhibition of AODO Denzen, Chiba City Museum of Art

The exhibition of AODO Denzen (亜欧堂田善)(1748~1822)is now on view from Jan. 13 ~ Feb.26, 2023. It commemorates the 200th anniversary of his death.

It includes etching works, Western-style oil paintings as well as books imported from Holland.

Denzen was a Western-style painter and copperplate engraving artist who was born in Fukushima prefecture.

He learned etching under the patronage of MATSUDAIRA Sadanobu, who was the load of the Shirakawa Domain, and he studied Western-style techniques such as shadowing and perspective through books and prints imported from Holland. And he developed his unique landscape etchings depicting Japanese manners and customs with a lot of playful sprits, instead of just copying them.


Here are some etchings from Series 'Famous views in Edo', published in 1822. Twenty-five works from the series are reserved.


The title of the etching with light color on paper is 'Fireworks near Ryogokubashi Bridge'.



The title of the etching with light color on paper is 'Birds-eye view of Edo'



The title of the etching with light color on paper is 'Massaki Inari Shrine at the shore of the Sumida River'.

Great ukiyo-e artist such as KATSUSHIKA Hokusai and UTAGAWA Kuniyoshi incorporated the composition which Denzen had used into their landscape ukiyo-e.


The title of the etching with light color on paper is 'View of Suidobashi from Surugadai' .



Denzen's super top techneque of etching contributed to anatomical charts.



More about Chiba City Museum of Art: please access      https://www.tokyo2020chiba.com/post/shall-we-see-the-museum


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