GIFTS FROM THE EBB TIDE (SHIOHI NO TSUTO), known as the SHELL BOOK, c. 1789. UTAMARO, KITAGAWA (JAPANESE, 1753-1806). WOODCUT, COLOUR PRINTING. P.39-2000. © THE FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM, CAMBRIDGE – TAASA Review December 2017
Olivia Meehan’s talk will focus on three luxury picture books that the great Utamaro Kitagawa (1753-1806) illustrated for the renowned publisher Tsutaya Jzabur: Picture Book of Crawling Creatures, Gifts of the Ebb Tide, and Myriad Birds.
These anthologies were decorated by Utamaro using lavish and elaborate printmaking techniques, and include poems by witty kyka poets.
She will look at the designs, the texts, and the influence of European ideas and materials in the Edo period...