A captivating display of Japanese ‘Ukiyo-e' woodcut prints, or 'pictures of the floating world'

The touring exhibition from Maidstone Museum brings together vibrant woodcuts from legendary artists such as Utamaro, Hokusai and Hiroshige. Visitors will be able to seee dramatic landscapes from the Edo and Meiji print masters, including Hokusai and Hiroshige, Bijinga prints of beautiful courtesans and colourful prints from Ogata Gekko.

Throughout the late 19th and early 20th century, many wealthy Western collectors amassed important collections of prints and decorative objects, and these woodcuts inspired and influenced many European artists.

The prints in this touring exhibition are predominantly drawn from the collections of Sir Walter Samuel, who assembled his collection while travelling in Japan. His substantial collection was donated to Maidstone Museum in 1923 via Art Fund.

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