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Chapter 3

ART HIS 42C Chapter Notes - Chapter 3: Edo Period, Physiognomy, Utamaro

Art History
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Douglas Winther

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Austin Maldanado
Professor Winther Tamaki
Art History 42 C
Images 1 - 2
**Images 1-4 all take place during edo period (1615-1868)
Terms to know:
Means “floating world”
Refers to japanese paintings and woodblock prints that depicted famous theater
actors, beautiful courtesans, city life, travel in romantic landscapes, and erotic
Woodblock prints
A material that was used in the artwork during the edo period
Aftermath of 1657 fire, like edo inhabitants reconstructing their physical
surroundings in a manner suited to the practical requirements of daily life, artists
reconstructed the city of their imagination
This led to emergence of woodblock prints
Unlike paintings, prints could be produced rapidly, relatively, inexpensively and
in large numbers
Courtesans (Yoshiwara)
Extremely cultivated women
Talented in poetry, calligraphy, dance
Not all were equal
Some were called castle busters bc only the most wealthy could afford them
Yoshiwara was the place for courtesans, a designated place for courtesans to exist
Parody Pictures
Pictures that were very amusing by the way they were presented
Actors (Kabuki)
Actors and courtesans were the main focus when painters made single-figure
Kabuki actors were celebrities
Kabuki - drama
Cropped Composition
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