New Ghosts for A New Age:
Yoshitoshi's New Forms of 36 Ghosts
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) was the most important Japanese woodcut artist of the Meiji period. Trained in centuries-old artistic traditions, he was also an eyewitness to the conflict and change in Japanese culture after the country opened to the west in 1868.
Created near the end of his life, the dramatic, sometimes terrifying prints in this series are linked only by the inclusion of a supernatural being—ghost, demon, or monster—drawn from the ancient legends in Japanese history and theater.
The works on view are all from the collection of Arthur R. Miller.
This exhibition is presented in honor of Grant Holcomb (Director, Memorial Art Gallery, 1985-2014).
Pictured: Fujiwara no Hidesato Shooting the Centipede at the Dragon King’s Palace (1890).