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Perth 6166, W.A.

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        15 Royston Street, Paddington, New South Wales 

31 March – 19 April 2015

Harunobu to Hamanishi

250 Years of Japanese Prints

from the Forrest/Nedéla Collection

Japanese woodblock prints of the 18th and 19th Centuries record an exotic, vibrant, colourful and highly sophisticated society in a form which constitutes a significant element in the history of world graphic art. The imagery takes  the viewer into a world of  Kabuki plays and actors, courtesans and beautiful women, heroes of legend, historical battles, the Japanese landscape, and erotica. Moreover, their design and the colour woodblock printing technique had an extraordinary  and lasting influence  on Western art and graphic design. As a result Japanese prints have been collected ever since Japan opened to the West in the mid 19th Century and continue to resonate with collectors, artists and the viewing public today.  

Taken from the Forrest/Nedéla Collection, 250 Years of Japanese Prints, brings together some 50 works by the great artists of the 18th and 19th Centuries,  such as Harunobu, Utamaro, Hokusai, Hiroshige, Kunasada, Kuniyoshi and Yoshitoshi, as well as Yoshida, Koson, Kokei and Hamanishi, masters of  the renaissance of Japanese print making in the 20th Century.

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