Sep 12th 2018

Enjoy a private tour of the current exhibition of woodblock prints, The Yoshida Family: Three Generations of Japanese Print Artists, with Art Institute educator Lucas Livingston. The Yoshida family has remarkably produced three generations of woodblock print artists in Japan, many of whom have been central to the major Japanese print movements of the 20th century. The patriarch of the family, Yoshida Hiroshi (1876–1950), was one of the most prolific artists in the history of woodblock printing and produced nostalgic landscape images coveted by collectors in Japan and abroad. After his death in 1950, the Yoshida family artists embarked on a new path, adding abstraction and a multiplicity of foreign influences to their art. This exhibition presents works that were a gift from the family to the Art Institute in 2012 and commemorates the impressive career of Yoshida Chizuko, who passed away last year. After touring the exhibition, we continue with a discussion of the influence of Japanese woodblock prints on the art of French Impressionism with a visit to the Art Institute internationally renowned Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collection.

About the Speaker:
Lucas Livingston is the Assistant Director of Accessibility and Lifelong Learning in the Art Institute’s Department of Learning and Public Engagement. He received degrees from Notre Dame and the University of Chicago in Ancient Civilization and studied Egyptology at the American University in Cairo. He began his career at the Art Institute in the Asian Art department and lectures regularly on the museum’s world-class collection of Japanese prints.

In co-sponsorship with the Japanese Culture Center.

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