Past Exhibitions

Going Ape for the Year of the Monkey Part 4: Unique Monkeys by the Edo-Era Masters
December 15, 2015 - January 24, 2016

During the Edo Period (1603-1868), many superbly gifted and highly original painters emerged, especially in Kyoto. Jakuchū, Shōhaku, Rosetsu, and others depicted monkeys in a variety of daring and distinctive styles. Many of them painted monkeys based on direct observation, in a vital and dynamic manner unconstrained by traditional conventions, and the first stirrings of a scientific approach to art can be seen. We hope you will fully enjoy these powerful portrayals of monkeys by painters of various stations in life, including official court painters, town painters, and Buddhist monk painters.

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