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Featuring over 60 woodblock prints from Bristol's collection, this exhibition celebrates the Japanese fascination with the turning seasons and nature.

This is the third and final exhibition in the Masters of Japanese Prints series and will feature perhaps the most famous woodblock print of all time - the iconic Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Hokusai.

Japan’s four distinct seasons have been a source of inspiration to artists and poets for hundreds of years. The exhibition will explore the plants, birds, insects and weather that act as powerful symbols of seasonal change in Japanese culture. The woodblock prints celebrate poetic pleasures such as the cherry blossom and wisteria of spring, cicadas and summer festivals, geese flying across the autumn moon and winter snow-viewing.

Encounter the fleeting joys of nature through the eyes of some of Japan’s best-loved print designers such as Hiroshige, Hokusai, Harunobu and Kuniyoshi. The rare and colourful prints in Bristol’s collection, specially conserved and mounted for the exhibition, date from the 1760s to the 1930s.

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