Melodrama in Meiji Japan:

The NLA Clough collection of woodblock printed frontispieces (kuchi-e)

Recent scholars of the Japanese print have been examining woodblock-printed frontispieces (kuchi-e) produced for novels and literary magazines of the Meiji period (1868-1912). Though these prints were produced as illustrations for emerging genres of Japanese literary fiction, many were printed to a high standard and had artistic merit. They reflected changing trends in Japanese woodblock-printed imagery and in the art world. 

In 2011 a collection of over 200 kuchi-e dating from the late 1890s to the 1920s was donated to the Library. This Clough collection comprises works by over twenty artists across a range of subjects and offers a representative sampling of the entire woodblock-printed kuchi-e tradition.

Gary Hickey is a curator and scholar of Japanese art. He is a research fellow at the University of Melbourne and the University of Queensland and is on the directorial board of the Tokyo-based International Ukiyo-e Society. He is the current Japan Fellow.


Wednesday 17 October, 5:30pm

Conference Room, free
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Wednesday, 17 October, 2012
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