Image from the exhibition One Hundred Aspects of the Moon


One Hundred Aspects of the Moon

This exhibition celebrated the brilliance of the print designer Yoshitoshi, one of the masters of the ukiyo-e tradition.

The life of the artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) spanned the violent transformation of Japan from a medieval to a modern society. Working in the ephemeral medium of woodblock prints or ukiyo-e, literally ‘pictures of the floating world’, Yoshitoshi at first confronted the savagery of his time. By the 1880s, he created One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, a more tranquil series of a hundred portraits imaginatively linked to phases of the moon. These portrayals of individuals both ordinary and great combined native lyricism with a dynamic, modern look resulting from his adoption of western spatial techniques and colouring.

For his brilliance as a print designer, Yoshitoshi is today celebrated as one of the masters of the ukiyo-e tradition.

This print collection was formed by the late Else and Joseph Chapman. The exhibition is lent by the Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of New Mexico, USA.

Open today 9:45am - 5:30pm

Monday to Friday 9:45am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 9:45am - 8:00pm
Saturday 9:45am - 5:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 5:30pm

Closed Mondays: Nov - Feb
Closed 1 Jan; Good Friday; 24-26 Dec

Admission is Free
No booking required
Suggested donation €5


Chester Beatty
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
D02 AD92