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Beauty and Violence: Woodblock Prints by Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892

December 19, 1992–February 14, 1993

Organized by the Society for Japanese Arts in the Netherlands, this exhibition of Yoshitoshi's work is presented in honor of the centennial of the artist's death. The foremost Japanese printmaker of the Meiji era, Yoshitoshi worked as a newspaper illustrator, achieving tremendous popularity. More than that of any other Japanese artist of his period, Yoshitoshi's work symbolized the disturbed and shifting social forces of the Meiji era, and his imagery is bold, brilliant and complex. The Philadelphia Museum of Art owns the largest public collection of his prints and is a major lender to the exhibition which travels to the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; Kunstmuseum, Dusseldorf; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art and includes approximately 10 paintings, 20 drawings and 100 woodblock prints. A catalogue published by the Society for Japanese Arts will accompany the exhibition.


Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf im Ehrenhof, Germany
Philadelphia Museum of Art

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John W. Ittmann

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