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Heroes & Ghosts: Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi (1797–1861)

April 25–June 28, 1998

This exhibition commemorates the bicentennial of the birth of Utagawa Kuniyoshi, one of the last great masters of the Japanese color woodcut in the nineteenth century. Drawn from public and private collections in Europe and the United States, the works in this exhibition present Kuniyoshi as a printmaker who embraced a broad range of subjects. Featured are some 100 prints as well as a selection of drawings and paintings. Among them are landscapes; images of actors, beautiful women, and sea animals; New Year's cards; and fan prints. Woodcuts showing legendary heroes from Japanese history in bristling battle scenes and other episodes of derring-do have special emphasis since Kuniyoshi himself made this subject famous with his popular prints.


This exhibition has been organized by the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, in collaboration with the Society for Japanese Arts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands • January 30 - April 5, 1998
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art • April 25 - June 28, 1998

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Funding was provided in part by Felicity R. and Peter A. Benoliel and The Pew Charitable Trusts. Additional support was contributed by Mr. and Mrs. Yasuo Fujiki, Subaru of America Foundation, Inc., and Tokai Financial Services, Inc.


John Ittmann • Curator of Prints

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