Forty for Forty

Forty Artists, Forty Masterpieces, Celebrating 40 Years.

Celebrate Ronin Gallery's 40th anniversary with a special exhibition that explores the history of Japanese woodblock printing from the dawn of ukiyo-e to today's innovators. Capturing a realm of unyielding beauty and endless pleasures, ukiyo-e translates to “pictures (-e) of the floating world (ukiyo).” While this term immediately calls to mind lavish courtesans and dynamic actors, the idea of ukiyo predates these vibrant characters. At its Buddhist origin, the concept of ukiyo refers to the transient and troubled nature of human life. By the 17th century, this “floating world” underwent a drastic transformation. Shaking its somber roots, ukiyo turned its concentration from sorrow to pleasure. This dramatic shift in ideology partnered with the rise of an equally revolutionary art form: the woodblock print. From the Edo period (1603-1868) to today, Japanese woodblock printing has not only developed as a masterfully perfected, distinctly artistic process, but also defined itself through its constant evolution. Whether rendering the opulence of Edo’s pleasure district or abstracted explorations of urban reality, woodblock prints celebrate a beauty, sensitivity and vitality intrinsic to the culture that produced them.

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Price

2700045

Artist

  • Eizan
  • Hasui
  • Hiroshige
  • Kotondo
  • Kunichika
  • Kunisada
  • Sadahide
  • Tamikuni
  • Yoshitoshi
  • Ono, Tadashige
  • Ronin Gallery Catalogue & Poster
  • Saito, Kiyoshi
  • Takahashi, Rikio
  • Yoshida, Hiroshi

Series

  • 100 Famous Views of Edo

Subject

  • Abstract
  • Actors & Theater
  • Beauties (bijin-ga)
  • Flowers & Gardens
  • Landscapes
  • Legends & History
  • Moon & Night
  • Music & Dance
  • Portraits
  • Spring
  • Still Life
  • Sumo
  • Warriors & Samurai
  • Waterfalls and Rapids
  • Winter
  • Yokohama-e & Nagasaki-e

Period

  • 1800 - 1868 (Edo)
  • 1868 - 1912 (Meiji)
  • 1912 - 1945 (Taisho & Early Showa)
  • 1945 - 1989 (Showa & Postwar Period)

Medium

  • Books & Catalogs
  • Woodblock Print

Size

  • Small (ie. Chuban)
  • Medium (ie. Oban)
  • Large (ie. Triptych)
  • Extra Large

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Arashi Kitsuzaburo as Sumo Wrestler Horikoma Chokichi

Tamikuni

Arashi Kitsuzaburo as Sumo Wrestler Horikoma Chokichi

JP5032

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Niwa (Move and Sway)

Takahashi, Rikio

Niwa (Move and Sway)

JP5134

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Bizen

Saito, Kiyoshi

Bizen

JP1-20379

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Ichikawa Danjuro as Kumagai Naozane and Onoe Kikugoro as Taira no Atsumori at the Ichinotani Battle

Kunichika

Ichikawa Danjuro as Kumagai Naozane and Onoe Kikugoro as Taira no Atsumori at the Ichinotani Battle

JP1-21196

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Ichikawa Danjuro as Minamoto no Yoshitsune

Kunisada

Ichikawa Danjuro as Minamoto no Yoshitsune

JP1-21034

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Old House

Ono, Tadashige

Old House

JP2-22028

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Sacred Bridge

Yoshida, Hiroshi

Sacred Bridge

JP5434

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Applying Make-up

Kotondo

Applying Make-up

JP1-21054

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40 for 40 Exhibition Catalogue

Ronin Gallery Catalogue & Poster

40 for 40 Exhibition Catalogue

BK012

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Beautiful Woman and Chrysanthemums

Eizan

Beautiful Woman and Chrysanthemums

JPR5954

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Foreign Merchantile Mansion in Yokohama

Sadahide

Foreign Merchantile Mansion in Yokohama

JP1-20374

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Zojo Temple in Snow at Shiba

Hasui

Zojo Temple in Snow at Shiba

JP5144

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Plum Garden at Kameido

Hiroshige

Plum Garden at Kameido

JP1-21628

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Fujiwara no Yasumasa Plays the Flute by Moonlight

Yoshitoshi

Fujiwara no Yasumasa Plays the Flute by Moonlight

JP1314

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