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Art Talk & Tour – Ukiyo-e Prints: Hokusai & Hiroshige and Beyond

“Oe no Chisato” by Utagawa Kunisada, woodblock print – collection of the Malden Public Library

April 19, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

Dora St. Martin, Director of the Malden Public Library, will present a talk and tour of the Converse Art Galleries and the library’s stunning collection of Japanese ukiyo-e prints purchased in the early 1900s. 

The collection includes woodblock prints by the Japanese artists Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige, Utagawa and more. 

The woodblock ukiyo-e prints show images of everyday Japan and were mass-produced for popular consumption in the Edo period (1615-1868).  Brought to Europe and America, these prints influenced many Western artists, including Monet and Van Gogh; as well as the creators of our popular manga and anime series. 

Among the treasured prints exhibited are works by Katsushika Hokusai, best known for his work “Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa” or “The Great Wave” from his series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. 

Those interested in Japanese prints can also check out the new exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston “Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence” running from March 26 thru July 16, 2023.

At the Malden Public Library – Converse Memorial Building