Utamaro’s Picture Books

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Kitagawa Utamaro (c. 1754–1806), Gifts from the Ebb Tide, c. 1789, polychrome woodblock print, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Utamaro’s Picture Books

Utamaro’s Picture Books

Olivia Meehan – Japanese art historian; Curator, Ian Potter Museum of Art

Utamaro Kitagawa (1753-1806) illustrated three luxury picture books on natural history themes for the renowned publisher Tsutaya JÅ«zaburō. These anthologies – Picture Book of Crawling Creatures, Gifts of the Ebb Tide, andMyriad Birds – are decorated by Utamaro using lavish and elaborate printmaking techniques.

Meehan will take a close look at the masterful designs of these books, recent translations of their playful poems, and the influence of European ideas and materials in Japan’s Edo Period (1615-1868).

Olivia Meehan holds a MPhil and PhD in the History of Art from the University of Cambridge, King’s College. Since graduating, she has worked in museums and galleries and as a lecturer in the History of Art. Her primary research interest is cross-cultural engagement, particularly the circulation of European prints in early modern Japan.

How to Book: Please make all bookings and payments in advance. No refunds. Book via email to Chris Manning (bookings@taasa.org.au) or call Chris on 0412 686 025.

How to Pay:

1. By bank transfer (with “your name Meehan” as reference):

The Asian Arts Society of Australia

BSB: 012003

Account: 218528414

2. By credit card or Paypal via this website – see booking button above right.


7 May, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
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