Celebrating the Spring Festival in the Forbidden City
Location: Liu Haisu Art Museu
Dates: 2019-02-01 through 2019-02-27
Chinese engravings were widely used in Ming Dynasty prints. From the Ming Dynasty (1573 - 1619) to the Qing Emperor of Kangxi (1736 - 1795), the printmaking technology and publishing industry reached a very high level. In 1712, the woodcut work "Chengde's Summer Resort" made from the Western techniques. Also craftmen developed the woodcut New Year pictures of Tianjin Yangliuqing and Suzhou Taohuawu after the Kangxi period. Due to its geographical advantages, the Taohuawu woodcut are particularly prosperous in the Jiangnan area. In the Qing Dynasty, the works of Suzhou Taohuawu New Year paintings during the Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong periods were called “Gusu Engraving”. On the other hand, Japan's ukiyo-e art was popular in the Edo period in Japan, which flourished from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Its artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of such subjects as female beauties, kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers, scenes from history and folk tales, travel scenes and landscapes, flora and fauna, and erotica.
- "Golden Age - The Influence of Gusu Engraving on Ukiyo-e" is exhibited at the Liu Haisu Art Museum. The works are collected from the Shanghai Library and Liu Haisu Art Museum's collection of Suzhou Taohuawu woodcut New Year pictures, as well as famous European collectors, and sinologists, the chairman of the British Wood Education Trust, Mr. Christer von der Burg, and Mr.Tang Lijian.
- The ukiyo-e paintings on display at this time come from the Shanghai collector Mr. Tang Lijian.