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"Floating Beauty: Women in the Art of Ukiyo-e" examines historical perspectives on women and their depiction in art in Edo Period Japan (1615 – 1858). Featuring woodblock prints created in the ukiyo-e style, this exhibition at the Bruce Museum highlights female characters in literature, kabuki theatre, and poetry; the courtesans and geisha of the Yoshiwara district; and wives and mothers from different social classes performing the duties of their station, in order to gain some insight into the lives of women in pre-modern Japan.
In the tradition of ukiyo-e, women are most often represented in the bijinga(“pictures of beautiful women”) genre. This was the feminine ideal, and these beauties were passive, attentive, and demure. Looking beyond the bijinga, this exhibition shows that women in Edo society took an active role in their own lives, and this fact is echoed in the literature and drama of the period.
Over 40 woodblock prints will be featured in the exhibition, including works by ukiyo-e masters Suzuki Harunobu, Kitagawa Utamaro, Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Kunisada, Kikugawa Eizan, and Utagawa Hiroshige. The exhibition is on loan from the permanent collection of the Reading Public Museum.
The Bruce Museum is grateful for exhibition support from Sue Moretti Bodson and Michael Bodson, Maryann Keller Chai and Jay Chai, Tracy and Mark Holton, Deanna and Steve Mulligan, Candace and Chris Procaccini, The Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund, and the Connecticut Office of the Arts.
Adults $10.00; Students (5-22 w/ valid ID) $8.00; Seniors (65 & up) $8.00; Museum members and
children under 5 Free. Visit brucemuseum.org to make a reservation for timed ticketed entry
One Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT 06830
Parking available on-site, including Handicap spaces on upper level near main entrance.
The Bruce Museum is accessible to individuals with disabilities.
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