Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ukiyoe ~ Hiroshige ~ 浮世絵 

I attended the auction luncheon and the lecture on this amazing collection of the Japanese woodcut prints at the San Diego Museum of Art. The luncheon was an intimate group of 70 people who are mostly members and benefactors of the museum. The collection of the popular Ukiyoe artist, Hiroshige was overwhelming. I had never seen so many prints in one room before!
His composition, sense of colors and wit was impressive. In his late days he became a Buddhist monk. "Ukiyoe" means "picture of impermanence." For a moment, I had a fantasy that I could have been Hiroshige in my past life! lol


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