Renegade EDO and Paris: Japanese Prints and Toulouse-Lautrec (Paperback)

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Both the Edo period (1603-1868) in Japan and the late nineteenth century in France witnessed a multitude of challenges to the status quo from the rising middle class. In Edo (present-day Tokyo), townspeople pursued hedonistic lifestyles as a way of defying the state-sanctioned social hierarchy that positioned them at the bottom. Their new pastimes supplied subject matter for ukiyo-e (pictures of the floating world). Many such pictures arrived in France in the 1860s, a time when French art and society were undergoing substantial changes. Fin-de-si cle Paris, like Edo before it, saw the rise of antiestablishment attitudes and a Bohemian subculture. As artists searched for fresh and more expressive forms, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) and his contemporaries were drawn to novel Japanese prints.

While ukiyo-e's formal influences on Toulouse-Lautrec and his peers have been well studied, the shared subversive hedonism that underlies these artworks has been less examined. Through a wide selection of Japanese prints and Toulouse-Lautrec works, this book offers a critical look at the renegade spirit inhabiting the graphic arts in both Edo and Paris, highlighting the social impulses behind a burgeoning art production.

Exhibition dates: Seattle Asian Art Museum, July 21-December 3, 2023

About the Author

Xiaojin Wu is Luther W. Brady Curator of Japanese Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Previously she was Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation Curator of Japanese and Korean Art at the Seattle Art Museum. Mary Weaver Chapin is curator of prints and drawings at the Portland Art Museum.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780932216076
ISBN-10: 0932216072
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication Date: June 27th, 2023
Pages: 104
Language: English