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Lasting Impressions: Japanese Prints from the Read-Simms Collection

April 30, 2021 - October 3, 2021

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The Gibbes Museum of Art is home to one of the most significant collections of Japanese woodblock prints in the Southeast. This exhibition will present 60 exceptional and rare prints amassed by Charleston collector, Motte Alston Read, and his sister, Mary Read Hume Simms of New Orleans, during the first decades of the 20th century. The Read-Simms Collection reflects the full range of popular print subjects by master Ukiyo-e artists of the Edo period, from famous Kabuki theater actors portrayed by Suzuki Harunobu and Tōshūsai Sharaku in the 18th century, to vibrant landscapes by Utagawa Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai in the 19th century.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring entries by Japanese fine art specialist, Sebastian Izzard Ph.D., and an in-depth essay on the collectors.

This exhibition made possible by our generous sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and Artizom.

KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760—1849) <i>Fuji from Kajikazawa in Kai Province</i> from the series <i>Thirty-six Views of Fuji</i>, ca. 1831, Color woodblock print, 10 1/4 x 14 3/4 inches

KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760—1849) Fuji from Kajikazawa in Kai Province from the series Thirty-six Views of Fuji, ca. 1831, Color woodblock print, 10 1/4 x 14 3/4 inches

UTAGAWA HIROSHIGE (1797—1858) <i>Geese Flying before a Full Moon</i>, ca. 1837-43. Color woodblock print, 14 7/8 x 10 1/4 inches.

UTAGAWA HIROSHIGE (1797—1858) Geese Flying before a Full Moon, ca. 1837-43. Color woodblock print, 14 7/8 x 10 1/4 inches.

TŌSHŪSAI SHARAKU (active 1794—95) <i>Ichikawa Danjūrō VI as Arakawa Tarō Takesada</i>, 11/1794. Color woodblock print, 13 x 9 1/4 inches.

TŌSHŪSAI SHARAKU (active 1794—95) Ichikawa Danjūrō VI as Arakawa Tarō Takesada, 11/1794. Color woodblock print, 13 x 9 1/4 inches.

UTAGAWA TOYOHARU (1735—1814) <i>The Battle of Yashima Dan-no-ura</i> from the series <i>Perspective Pictures of Japanese Scenes</i>, ca. 1775. Color woodblock print, 10 1/4 x 15 5/8 inches.

UTAGAWA TOYOHARU (1735—1814) The Battle of Yashima Dan-no-ura from the series Perspective Pictures of Japanese Scenes, ca. 1775. Color woodblock print, 10 1/4 x 15 5/8 inches.

SUZUKI HARUNOBU (1724—1770) <i>Oxherd Playing his Cold Flute</i>, ca. 1768. Color woodblock print, 11 x 8 1/4 inches

SUZUKI HARUNOBU (1724—1770) Oxherd Playing his Cold Flute, ca. 1768. Color woodblock print, 11 x 8 1/4 inches

KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760—1849) 
<i>South Wind, Clear Dawn (Red Fuji)</i> from the series <i>Thirty-six Views of Fuji</i>, ca. 1831—33. Color woodblock print, 10 1/8 x 15 inches.

KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760—1849) South Wind, Clear Dawn (Red Fuji) from the series Thirty-six Views of Fuji, ca. 1831—33. Color woodblock print, 10 1/8 x 15 inches.

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