JAPANESE ENGRAVINGS FROM XVIII - XIX CENTURY

On May 9th  2019 the Art Gallery in Dobrich opened an exhibition of 30 works – Japanese wood engraving of the fund of Solostra Gallery.

The collection includes works of authors and followers of Katsushika Hokusay /1760 – 1849/ and Ando Hiroshige / 1797 – 1858/ who created the final form of UKIJO-E reaching its peak. Among their followers are Utagava Toyokuni III /1786 – 1864/, Sdayde /1840 – 1860/, Suntsan Kuniyoshi III /1797 – 1861/, Katsugava Sjundzhen, Kinosada /1786 – 1864/, Kuniteru etc.

Nedko Nedkov, a chief curator in Dobrich Gallery, opened the display. He said: “Most of the engravings recreate scenes from popular and highly esteemed stage plays about real historical events from 17th and 18th century.  Some of them cover the subject about the valor of samurai as a symbol of triumphant justice and heroism. Quite often an organic part of the graphic design were calligraphic inscriptions with passages from Kabuki theatre. The exposition is of a chamber scope but it gives the opportunity to reveal the philosophy, the most characteristic dimensions and the uniqueness of the Japanese multicolored engraving UKIYO-E dating to the end of 18th and the 19th century”.

The collection of the Japanese engravings was donated to the Art Gallery of Silistra in 1971 by the painter Mircho Yakobov who got the works during his specialization in China /1953 – 1958/.