Three Utamaro Paintings Reunite in US Art Gallery (News)


Washington, April 7 (Jiji Press)—The Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington will start an exhibition on Saturday reuniting a set of three works by Japanese ukiyo-e painter Kitagawa Utamaro (1753–1806) for the first time in nearly 140 years.

The three Utamaro works stand together for the first time in nearly 140 years at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in the Smithsonian. The exhibition will run through July 9. (© Jiji)

The exhibition, "Inventing Utamaro: A Japanese Masterpiece Rediscovered," became possible after the rediscovery of Snow at Fukagawa, one of the three works, in Japan in 2012.

The three works were last shown to the public together at a temple in Tochigi Prefecture in 1879.

Snow at Fukagawa is owned by the Okada Museum of Art in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo. One of the remaining two, Moon at Shinagawa, is owned by the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art, which stands next to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

The owner of the remaining work, Cherry Blossoms at Yoshiwara, is the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut.

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