Ukiyo-e paintings on display, Shenzhen

In ART, CHINA, SHENZHEN

More than 200 Japanese ukiyo-e paintings created from the Edo period (1603-1868) to the Meiji period (1868-1912) are on display at Yealife. Masterpieces by Utagawa Hiroshige, Katsushika Hokusai, and Suzuki Harunobu are featured.

Ukiyo-e is a genre of Japanese art that flourished from the 17th through 19th centuries. Its artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of such subjects as female subjects, kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers, scenes from history and folktales, travel scenes and landscapes, flora and fauna, and erotica. The term ukiyo-e translates as “picture of the floating world.”

A defining feature of most ukiyo-e prints is well-defined, bold, flat lines. In ukiyo-e composition forms are arranged in flat spaces with figures typically in a single plane of depth. In color prints, contours of most color areas are sharply defined, usually by the linework.

The aesthetic of flat areas of color contrasts with the modulated colors expected in Western traditions and with other prominent contemporary traditions in Japanese art patronized by the upper class, such as in the subtle monochrome ink brushstrokes of Zenga brush painting or tonal colors of the Kano school of painting.

 

Dates: Until Aug. 5

Hours: 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Tickets: 90-188 yuan per person, 170-230 yuan for two (Damai.cn offers discounts and the VIP tickets include a set of postcards.)

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Venue: Yealife, 4/F, Yitian Holiday Plaza, Nanshan District (南山区益田假日广场四楼懿生活)

Metro: Line 1 or 2 to Window of the World Station (世界之窗站), Exit A

 

 

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