Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hiroshige: Visons of Japan

This woodcut print, titled "Asakusa Ricefields and Torinomachi Festival," done in 1857 and from the series "100 Famous Views of Edo" is part of the exhibition of Hiroshige's prints now on view at the Norton Simon Museum of Art in Pasadena. I've always loved the complete self-suffiency of this plump bob-tailed white kitty, and like to imagine that he (or she...all cats are female, right?) owned the artist in question. The exhibition runs until 1/17/2011, & is free with your student ID card. The icing on the proverbial cake is that a podcast is available for the show, which you can download for free via itunes.
The Norton Simon is located at 411 West Colorado Blvd., 6262/449-6840. Closed on Tuesdays, M/W/Th/Sat & Sun, 12 - 6PM; F, 12 - 9PM.
Thank you Yu Hsiu for bringing this most excellent print show to my attention.

1 comment:

  1. Caite W sent me this further tidbit regarding this woodcut today, so I thought I'd share it. She wrote - "that image of the plump white cat overlooking Edo is actually a view from a brothel...interesting."