Pictures of the Floating World
Japanese Prints from the Collection
NATORI Shunsen
The actor Nakamura Ganjiro 1925
from the Collection of Shunsen portraits series 1925-1931
colour woodblock
38.2 x 26.0 cm (image)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1993

Ukiyo-e (uki - floating, yo - world, e - pictures), literally, pictures of the floating world, was applied to the popular arts of painting, woodblock prints and illustrated books that depicted life in the great urban centres of Japan in the Tokugawa period (1615–1888). This exhibition will present more than a hundred Japanese woodblock prints depicting subjects that include; beautiful women (Bijin-ga), actors of the Kabuki Theatre, landscapes and Samurai Warriors.

22 Apr 200502 Oct 2005 NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road