Topic varies. Spring 2016: In this seminar we will take a closer look at the prints, paintings, and illustrated books produced by one of ukiyo-e's most famous artists, Kitagawa Utamaro (1753?-1806), with special focus upon works to be included in an upcoming exhibition. We will begin by surveying the larger history of the pictures of the floating world (ukiyo-e) and pay close attention to Utamaro's teacher and his contemporaries. The status of the artist, the role of the publisher, networks of possible patrons, and Utamaro's legacy are among the key issues the seminar will address. Our analysis will further attend to the ways in which works by Utamaro and other ukiyo-e artists were evaluated and appreciated in late 19th-century France by such figures as Edmond de Goncourt, Hayashi Tadamashi, and Siegfried Bing, among others. Students will have the opportunity to study works in local and regional collections, including the Kislak Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Freer/Sackler Galleries. Undergraduate students admitted by permission only.
Section 401 - SEM
T 0130PM-0430PM