EXPERIENCE JAPANESE PRINT MASTERS AT AGGV

The most comprehensive collection of Japanese shin hanga in Canada will be on display at the Art Gallery of Victoria in the exhibition Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Early 20th Century Japan, which runs through January 25, 2015.

 

Shinsui Ito (1898-1972) | Beauty and Firefly | woodblock print | Purchased with Funds provided by Judith Pattow.

Shinsui Ito (1898-1972) | Beauty and Firefly | woodblock print | Purchased with Funds provided by Judith Pattow.

 

Shin hanga, which means “new print movement”, is a Japanese art style developed in the early 1900s. Based in the classic print style of ukiyo-e, the traditional wood block prints, shin hanga integrates elements of the impressionists, such as mastery of light and individual moods.

The exhibit features prints from the AGGV’s extensive Asian Art collection including many new acquisitions, such as highly valued pieces by shin hanga masters Hiroshi Yoshida, Kawase Hasui, Tsuchiya Koitsu, Hashiguchi Goyo and Ito Shinsui, among others. Under Barry Till’s stewardship, spanning more than three decades, the AGGV’s Asian Art Collection has grown to over 8,000 pieces and is one of the largest and most diversified collections of Asian art in Canada.

Hasui Kawase (1883-1957) Uchiyamashita in Rain | woodblock print | Gift of the Estate of Elizabeth Stewart | AGGV 2009.029.037

Hasui Kawase (1883-1957) Uchiyamashita in Rain | woodblock print | Gift of the Estate of Elizabeth Stewart | AGGV 2009.029.037