Online Lunchtime Lecture: Let It Snow: The Snowscapes of Utagawa Hiroshige
Woodblock print artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) is lauded for his dramatic compositions and sensitive expression of changing skies, weather and seasons. Hiroshige’s landscapes and cityscapes were as evocative as they were ambitious. Often incorporating sophisticated use of gradation (bokashi), embossing (kimedashi) and other printing effects, they enjoyed considerable success with Japan’s print-buying public. Later, these same works were embraced by artists working in Europe and North America.
In this lecture, Dr Mary Redfern, Curator of the Edo in Colour exhibition, will touch upon the importance of seasonality within Japanese art before stepping into the crisp, winter cold of Hiroshige’s snowscapes.
Mary Redfern is Curator of East Asian Collections at the Chester Beatty, Dublin. Having worked with East Asian collections at the National Museum of Scotland and the Victoria and Albert Museum, she completed her PhD at University of East Anglia in 2015. Dr Redfern’s publications include Tennō no dainingu hōru (Emperor’s Dining Hall) written with Yamazaki Taisuke and Imaizumi Yoshiko (Shibunkaku, 2017), Art of Friendship: Japanese Surimono Prints (Chester Beatty, 2017) and Edo in Colour: Prints from Japan’s Metropolis (Chester Beatty, 2021).