Approaching the Horizon: Important Japanese Prints
This is an exhibition of particularly fine impressions of some of the most coveted designs of Hiroshige, including masterworks by Hokusai, Eisen and Yoshitoshi. Prints from the Brewster Hanson Collection were assembled from acquisitions made around the world. Brewster Hanson (1923-2008) lived in Geneva for more than 50 years, first collected Post-Impressionist paintings, then Old Master prints, and then Japanese woodblock prints beginning in the 1980s, commenting later that ‘something lit up inside me’. He did succeed in obtaining the complete works in Hiroshige’s iconic Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road and the Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido and several others; as well, as acquired the most successful designs from rarer series. This exhibition will include more than 60 of Hanson’s best prints and will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue.
The highlights in this exhibition are known to everyone and will include prints from Hiroshige's Omi hakkei, and several fine prints from the Great Waterfall series of 1830 by Katsushika Hokusai; 18 of Hiroshige's Great Fish series; several from the Sixty-nine Stations of the Tokaido Road by Hiroshige and Eisen; and a complete deluxe set of Hiroshige’s Mountains and Harbours. In addition to these great works will be many celebrated landscape triptychs, including Tsukioka Yoshitoshi's definitive masterwork, Fujiwara no Yasumasa Playing the Flute by Moonlight of 1883.
The massive earthquake of 11 March, 2011 created wholesale devastation in Japan and Joan B. Mirviss, Ltd. will be offering for purchase during Asia Week affordable ceramics from Kondo Takahiro's initial firing from his project Inochi no utsuwa. All proceeds will go directly to two non-profit organizations committed to supporting those in need in the Tohoku region.