New Women for a New Age: Japanese Beauties, 1890s–1930s

  • 10 Dec 2016
  • (EST)
  • 20 Aug 2017
  • (EDT)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

December 10, 2016–August 20, 2017

Museum of Fine Arts

Examine the changing image of Japanese women though prints, book illustrations, and photographs made in Japan from the 1890s to the 1930s. During this crucial period of rapid modernization, traditional ideas of ideal beauty and behavior intermingled with imported styles and concepts. Arranged in roughly chronological order, the exhibition begins with ukiyo-e woodblock prints of the late Meiji era (1868–1912) and postcards that include both photographs and artists’ depictions. A recent gift of kuchi-e prints—color woodblock frontispieces for books of the early 1900s, usually romantic fiction—makes up the exhibition’s core. Shin hanga prints from the 1910s and ‘30s depict beautiful women in both traditional and modern styles.

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