• Taiso Yoshitoshi: Lunacy: Unrolling Letters, from the series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 1889; color woodblock print; 22 x 17 in.; BAMPFA, gift of Fernàn Franz Steiner.

POSTPONED: Curator's Circle: Brave Warriors and Fantastic Tales Wine & Walkthrough

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Open to Curator’s Circle members at the $1,000 level and above 

Please join fellow Curator’s Circle members and special guests for an intimate reception in BAMPFA’s Babette Cafe followed by a tour of Brave Warriors and Fantastic Tales: The World According to Yoshitoshi with collector Fernàn Franz Steiner and Senior Curator of Asian Art Julia White.


Among the last great ukiyo-e artists of Meiji Japan, Taiso Yoshitoshi (1839–1892) reigned supreme for his daring prints based on various tales and legends of ancient Japan and China. He made use of Western colors and inks for dramatic effect, yet stayed loyal to the woodblock print techniques that had guided past masters. In his short life, he created numerous series exploring a multiplicity of themes related to Japan’s rich history. In Brave Warriors, legendary warriors of Japan come to life to bring honor to themselves and their masters. In One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, exquisitely attired men and women are cast as theatrical players in settings that evoke melancholy, romance, and bravery. Fantastic creatures inhabit his series known as Thirty-Six Ghosts, featuring figures that both frighten and amuse the viewer with their dramatic design.


Open to Curator’s Circle members at the $1,000 and above. Space is limited, and reservations will be taken in the order received. Not a Curator’s Circle member or interested in upgrading? Please contact Jennifer Sime at 510-643-9632 or jlsime@berkeley.edu for information.


Brave Warriors and Fantastic Tales: The World According to Yoshitoshi is organized by Senior Curator for Asian Art Julia M. White with Curatorial Assistant Lucia Olubunmi Momoh.

This exhibition is made possible through a generous gift from Fernàn Franz Steiner, whose donation of his personal collection of prints greatly enhances the BAMPFA holdings of nearly two thousand woodblock prints.