Jul 30, 2020

The Strange Occurrence of Ukiyo Matahei and his Famous Paintings

The Strange Occurrence of Ukiyo Matahei and his Famous Paintings


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Utagawa Kuniyoshi 歌川 国芳

(Japanese, 1797–1861)

Diptych, color woodblock prints

Overall: 37.8 x 26.4 cm (14 7/8 x 10 3/8 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade 1916.1160.b



In this image, otsu-e folk heroes have seemingly come to life, leaving their shadowy figures in the paintings in front of the artist. Included among them are a demon (oni), a monkey, the wisteria maiden, and the bald, tall-headed God of Longevity, Fukurokuju. Ukiyo Matahei, also known as Iwasa Matabei, was a famous printmaker who is also thought to have been a painter of otsu-e.

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Japanese Art
Japanese Art
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