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Partners in PrintArtistic Collaboration and the Ukiyo-e Market$
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Julie Nelson Davis

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839383

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839383.001.0001

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Teaching the Art of Painting through Print

Teaching the Art of Painting through Print

A Master Painter, His Students, and the Illustrated Book

(p.20) Chapter 1 Teaching the Art of Painting through Print
Partners in Print

Julie Nelson Davis

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter considers the transmission of artistic practice through teaching and printed books as a collaborative exchange between teacher, apprentices and the larger floating world audience. Although overlooked today, Toriyama Sekien was regarded in his own time as a master painter and he trained several of ukiyo-e’s most influential designers, including Kitagawa Utamaro and others. A practitioner of the highly appreciated, albeit conservative, Kano workshop painting style, Sekien transmitted that style through his teaching as well as through printed illustrated books, rebranding the Kano style under his name and making its evaluation of painting available to his students and a new audience interested in the connoisseurship of pictures. Sekien was part of a larger artistic network, wherein his partners were his teachers, poetry networks, students, publishers, period connoisseurs, and the broader Edo audience, and was participant in the overlapping artistic, literary, and publishing milieus that transformed ukiyo-e in the last quarter of the eighteenth century.

Keywords:   Toriyama Sekien, Kitagawa Utamaro, illustrated books, ehon, Tsutaya Juzaburo, Kano workshop, painting, ghosts, surimono, collaboration

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