Print delighted in Edo’s prosperity: not only its material wealth, but also the constant hum of activity, entertainments and observances across the city. Following the model of traditional arts, print artists pictured the passing seasons to align heaven and earth in good fortune. They also borrowed practices of playful allusion from literature, elevating the everyday by blending high and low culture. When civic order was threatened, however, the ruling shogunate clamped down on popular culture. Regulating what each social group could consume and meting out punishments to artists and publishers, they tested the resilience and ingenuity of Edo’s printmakers.
Party under wisteria trellis
CBL J 2486