Ukiyo-e Printmaking and the Arts and Crafts Movement

Third Thursday lecture - Sainsbury Institute

Thursday 17 October, 2019
6:00pm BST

Weston Room, Norwich Cathedral Hostry, Norwich NR1 4EH


Dr Miya Itabashi (Hosei University)

About the Talk

Ukiyo-e prints have inspired many Western artists, and it is particularly well known that some Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists incorporated the motifs and compositional devices of ukiyo-e prints into their paintings.  In this talk, Dr Itabashi would like to show another dimension of the influence of ukiyo-e prints on Western artists by introducing the British printmakers who adopted the techniques of ukiyo-e printmaking – such as woodcutting and printing – in the context of the Arts and Crafts movement from the late nineteenth century onwards.  Furthermore, by discussing Urushibara Yoshijiro, (the Japanese artist who produced original prints influenced by these British printmakers) Dr Itabashi would like to show how British and Japanese artists mutually inspired each other in the context of Japonisme and the Arts and Crafts movement in the first half of the twentieth century.

About the Speaker

Dr Miya Itabashi is an associate professor at Hosei University, Tokyo, and is currently a visiting researcher at the Centre for Design History at the University of Brighton.  Her research interests concern the reception of Japanese arts and design in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain with a special focus on Japonisme in printmaking, illustrations and book designs.

This event is part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2020

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The Third Thursday Lecture series is funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Yakult UK.