A lecture in the series “In the Shadow of the Cherry” organized by the Art Tranfser Foundation.
The landscapes of Hiroshige and Hokusai are considered among the most iconic representations of Japanese art. Everyone, even people not normally associated with the world of art, remembers the “Big Wave in Kanagawa” or other depictions of Mount Fuji, which have become part of the history of art. Looking at the graphics created by both artists we usually focus only on the unquestionable aesthetic values, forgetting about the depictions of everyday life that went on at the foot of Fuji-san. The landscapes of the Edo period are a treat not only for lovers of Japanese art but also for anthropologists who can draw from the woodcuts extremely interesting research material, thus proving the strong connection between man and nature. Ukiyo-e depictions also include images of flowers and birds, or kacho-ga (花鳥画). These are almost scientific drawings, capturing every detail of plant and animal structure with extreme care. The compositions are never random: birds and plants were assigned to the seasons, and their combinations have always had symbolic meaning.
Hosted by: Maja Wolniewska – art historian, curator, critic. Author of numerous publications and reviews, she cooperated, among others, with Szum magazine and the Niezła Sztuka portal. During her MA studies she conducted research on Japanese aesthetics and sense of beauty, basing her research primarily on ukiyo-e woodcuts. Her fascination with Japanese art was sparked by the exhibition Utagawa Kuniyoshi. In the World of Legends and Fantasy, organized by the National Museum in Krakow in 2011. Since 2019, she has been associated with the Artistic Journey of Hestia Foundation, where she is primarily responsible for the exhibition schedule at the ERGO Hestia Art Pavilion and the Foundation’s art branding program.