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Ukiyo-E Blues Exhibition

March 9 - June 4

The term ukiyo-e (浮世絵) translates to “picture(s) of the floating world,” referring to fleeting images of glamor, beauty, and fashion. Ukiyo-e prints were popular among the common folk in Edo (present-day Tokyo) and were a dynamic art form for more than 200 years. Mass-produced, affordable, and focused on favorite subjects such as beautiful women, Kabuki actors, and picturesque landscapes, these images offered an escape from everyday life.

The ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Hiroshige frequently utilized bokashi (ぼかし), a method of pigment gradation, to create a range of colors, often in areas of sky or water to add depth. Hiroshige is known for his virtuoso use of color and perspective in meisho-e (名所絵 pictures of famous places) and landscapes. While these prints contain too many colors to be considered aizuri-e, the areas of bright blue are striking, and the prominence of the color in Hiroshige’s work reflects a popular style of the period.

Adult admission to the NBAM is $8 to view this exhibit and more.


March 9
June 4
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New Bedford Art Museum
608 Pleasant St.
New Bedford, MA United States
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