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Two hundred years ago, in Edo-era Japan, an incredible style of art flourished – Ukiyo-e, Pictures of the Floating World.

 

                        Great artists created bold and intricate designs of beautiful women, landscapes, kabuki                          actors, animals and more. Highly skilled artisans carved those designs into wooden                                  blocks so they could be printed thousands of times. This was popular art for the masses                          – for the cost of two bowls of noodles, Edo Japan’s thriving middle-class bought these                            woodblock prints and hung them on walls or collected them in albums. But it was not                              just for decoration. Woodblock prints were the multimedia of their time, used for book                              illustrations, celebrity portraits, advertisements and education. Together they formed an                          encyclopedia of the Edo period and could almsot be compared to today's Internet.

 

 

The art was revolutionary – striking flat planes of colors, dramatic perspectives, stunning graphics. Other subjects included mystical ghost scenes, great battles, even erotica – Ukiyo-e artists depicted it all. When Japan “opened up” to the West in the late 1800s, great painters like Vincent Van Gogh became obsessed with Ukiyo-e, learning from the designs and even copying them. Their influence in the West was profound.

 

But this art was never meant to last. Printed on delicate paper, these wonderful prints

deteriorated as the decades went by. Few were carefully preserved. Now finding one

in good condition is rare indeed. And that’s why their value is skyrocketing: just this

year, the most famous of all Ukiyo-e prints – Katsushika Hokusai’s “The Great Wave

off Kanagawa” – sold for $1,590,000 at Christie’s in New York City.

 

XZ Ukiyo-e is proud to introduce you to this fascinating world, and to offer this

collection of guaranteed original woodblock prints.

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浮世绘,一种描绘了人间百态的版画艺术,诞生且盛行于在两百多年前江户时代的日本。

 

画师们通过自己大胆和丰富的想象力创造了美人、风景、歌舞伎演员、动植物等各种各样的绘画题材,而技术高超的工匠们在拿到画稿后将其雕刻至木板上,便于成百上千次的印刷。

 

浮世绘是一种流行于大众的市井艺术。在经济繁荣的江户时代,人们只要花两碗拉面的钱就能买到一幅版画,可拿回家做装饰抑或收藏。浮世绘在当时不仅仅只是一种画,它同时还具有书籍插画、明星写真、商业广告、流行时尚和教育传播等多媒体功能,既像江户时代的百科全书又像当今的互联网。

 

浮世绘也是一种革命性的艺术。其包罗万象的主题,引人注目的平面色彩,戏剧性的绘画视角以及令人惊叹的画面结构,对西方艺术产生了深远的影响。以梵高为首的印象派画家们,他们疯狂地着迷于浮世绘,甚至将它视为绘画学习的样本。

 

但这种艺术从来不是永恒的。这些精美的手工印刷品会随着时间的流逝而品质退化,能被完好保存下来的很少。时至今日,想找到品相非常好的浮世绘实属不易,这也是浮世绘暴涨的原因之一。就在今年,葛饰北斋最出名的一幅浮世绘——“神奈川冲浪里”,在纽约佳士得甚至拍卖至159万美金的高价。

 

XZ Ukiyoe有机会能向大家介绍这个迷人的世界,并展示这些原版浮世绘,对此深感荣幸。

Suzuki Harunobu

Lover under an unbrella in the snow, c,1766

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Katsushika Hokusai,

Under the well of the Great Wave off Kanagawa, c,1831

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ABOUT SHARON

As the director of XZ UKIYOE, I've been buying and selling Ukiyo-e -- pictures of the Floating World -- for years, and am now proud to introduce this website with a selection of my most interesting and desirable prints. As the only international Ukiyo-e dealer catering to the Chinese market, I am passionate about spreading knowledge of this wonderful art form in my home country. I'm in regular contact with top dealers, museum curators and gallery owners around the world, as well as auction houses, and am available for consultations to help build collections, as well as provide expertise on authenticity, condition, preservation and restoration. 

 

2020.10.18  An Fine Art Museum, Beijing, Ukiyoe Lecture

2020.11.29  International Ukiyo-e Society 25th Fall Conference

2021.02.26  K11, Guangzhou, Ukiyoe Lecture

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作为XZ UKIYOE的主理人,多年来,我一直在收藏和买卖浮世绘。现如今终于可以很自豪地推出我个人品牌的网站,里面呈现了数张经精挑细选,是我认为最有趣和最满意的浮世绘和新版画。目前,作为唯一一个专注于中国市场的国际浮世绘古董商,我满怀着对浮世绘的热爱和信念,一直坚持在中国传播和推广浮世绘艺术。我多年来与全球近百位资深藏家、画廊主、古董商,博物馆馆长和拍卖行专家保持深度联系,为买家提供销售与咨询服务,帮助他们建立收藏体系,同时提供浮世绘相关真假鉴定、品相评估、保存与修复等方面的建议。

2020.10.18 北京安美术馆 浮世绘专场讲座

2020.11.29 国际浮世绘学会 第25回 秋季大会

2021.02.26 广州K11 浮世绘专场艺术沙龙

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郑雪莹

​Sharon Zheng

Director 品牌主理人

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