Winter Landscape, by Keisai Eisen

Here’s something I didn’t know: this lovely print belongs to a genre of artwork called ukiyo-e, whose name translates literally as “pictures of the floating world.” They celebrated the the evanescent impermance of natural scenes and moments, but also of the heightened worlds of entertainment (kabuki, geisha). Because they could be mass-produced, they introduced ownable artwork to new classes of Japanese people.


Winter Landscape,” polychrome woodblock print by Keisai Eisen (1790–1848), from the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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