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“The Country of Yamato in Japanese and European Engraving of the 17th – 19th Centuries” exhibition from the private collection of Viktar Lukjanau (Minsk)

“The Country of Yamato in Japanese and European Engraving of the 17th – 19th Centuries” exhibition from the private collection of Viktar Lukjanau (Minsk) opens at the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus.

The exposition is divided into two sections. The first section presents about 20 traditional Japanese engravings of the second half of the 19th century, reflecting the genre and style variety of ukiyo-e art; the second displays the works by European masters, their vision and perception of the exotic oriental culture.

Ukiyo-e (literally, images of the floating world) is the movement in the Edo era (1615–1868) Japanese painting and graphic arts. Is distinguished by the democratism of the subject, depicting the scenes of the everyday urban life. The youngest of the schools of classical Japanese art, ukiyo-e has retained all the peculiarities of its inherent features: philosophical contemplation and emotional fullness of admiring the beauty of the perishable world.

The exhibition features engravings from the late Edo era (1603–1868) and the early Meiji era (1868–1912) – the historical period of cardinal reforms and changes. Traditional themes of ukiyo-e – bijin-ga (beautiful women) are represented by the engravings by Mosai Nagashima (?), Mizuno Toshikata (1866–1908), Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900), Musya-e (images of warriors) – Watanabe Nobukazu (1874–1944), landscapes — Ando Hiroshige (1797–1858), scenes from the Kabuki Theater — Toyohara Kunichika.

The organizers hope that the presented collection will bring true delight to all lovers of Japanese painting, which embodies the peculiarity of the artistic tradition and constitutes the national pride of Japan.