Toyokuni Utagawa’s magic art
Ikuo Hirayama International Caravanserai of Culture of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan hosts an exhibition devoted to works of Japanese artist Toyokuni Utagawa.
Toyokuni Utagawa (1769-1825) was a great master of ukiyo-e, known in particular for his kabuki actor prints. He was the second head of the renowned Utagawa school of Japanese woodblock artists. He was born in Edo, the son of Kurahashi Gorobei, a carver of dolls and puppets, including replicas of kabuki actors.
He was known mostly for his prints related to the kabuki theatre, in particular his yakusha-e actor portraits, a field which he took to new heights.
At the end of the 18th century, Toyokuni was recognized as one of the most talented and famous artists. Famous theater actors, birds, flowers and famous samurai’s images take a significant place in his creativity.
Visitors can enjoy and become acquainted with Japanese national traditions, values, nature, ancient national clothes and culture along with artist’s works.