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The Kimono in Print:
300 Years of Japanese Design

Keisai Eisen (1790–1848), Modern Figures on a Snowy Day, early to mid-1820s, color woodblock print with graduated colors (bokashi) and blind-printing (karazuri)
Keisai Eisen (1790–1848), Modern Figures on a Snowy Day, early to mid-1820s, from the series The Four Seasons, Publisher: Sanoya Kihei, color woodblock print with graduated colors (bokashi) and blind-printing (karazuri), John Chandler Bancroft Collection, 1901.146

Exhibition Rescheduled:
October 3, 2020 – January 3, 2021

The Kimono in Print is the first ever show devoted to examining the kimono as a major source of inspiration and experimentation in Japanese print culture from the Edo period (1603-1868) to the Meiji period (1868-1912). Artists during these periods, through the wide circulation of prints, documented ever-evolving trends in fashion, popularized certain styles of dress, and even designed kimonos. This intriguing dialogue between print and kimono design will be illustrated by approximately 80 Japanese prints, as well as a selection of illustrated books and paintings.

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This exhibition is generously supported by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. Early research for this project was made possible by the Japan Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Selected Images

Kikugawa Eizan (1787–1867), The Courtesan Yoyoyama of the Matsubaya with Her Two Young Female Attendants Standing Under Branches of Cherry Blossoms, ca. 1830, color woodblock print with blind-printing (karazuri) and graduated colors (bokashi)Kikugawa Eizan (1787–1867), The Courtesan Yoyoyama of the Matsubaya with Her Two Young Female Attendants Standing Under Branches of Cherry Blossoms, ca. 1830, Publisher: Sanoya Kihei, color woodblock print with blind-printing (karazuri) and graduated colors (bokashi), John Chandler Bancroft Collection, 1901.59.2650
Itō Shinsui (1898–1972), Woman with Marumage Hairstyle, 1924, color woodblock print on mica (kirazuri) groundItō Shinsui (1898–1972), Woman with Marumage Hairstyle, 1924, Publisher: Watanabe Shōzaburō, color woodblock print on mica (kirazuri) ground, Gift of Edward Kenway, 1960.7
Okumura Masanobu (1686–1764), A Courtesan as Hi Chōbō, ca. 1710, woodblock-printed album sheet with black-line printing (sumizuri)Okumura Masanobu (1686–1764), A Courtesan as Hi Chōbō, ca. 1710, Publisher: Igaya Kan’emon, woodblock-printed album sheet with black-line printing (sumizuri), John Chandler Bancroft Collection, 1901.59.2214
Suzuki Harunobu (1725–70), Youth (wakashu) Unrolling a Hanging Scroll, 1765–70, color woodblock print in red and green (benizuri-e)Suzuki Harunobu (1725–70), Youth (wakashu) Unrolling a Hanging Scroll, 1765–70, Publisher: Iwatoya Kenpachi, color woodblock print in red and green (benizuri-e), John Chandler Bancroft Collection, 1901.289