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The Floating World of Ukiyo-e: Shadows, Dreams, and Substance

showcases Japanese "Ukiyo-e" -- pictures of the floating, or sorrowful, world. More than 100 prints, drawings, and books are presented, mostly from 1600-1900. Ukiyo-e was born in Edo (now Tokyo) when merchants, relegated to low social status by shogun rulers, turned to art and culture as arenas where they could participate with elites (warriors, farmers, and artisans). This is the first public viewing of this collection. (Library of Congress)

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New trade agreements beginning in the 1850s resulted in an unprecedented flow of travelers and goods between Japan and the West. Western appreciation for Japanese graphic art and objects quickly intensified and Japanese-influenced style irrevocably entered the lexicon of Western artistic expression.
'Yoshitoshi's Incomparable Warriors: Woman Han Gaku'  (Yoshitoshi musha-burui: Han Gaku-jo), 1883. Color woodblock print, oban, 15 in. x 10 in. Prints and Photographs Division

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