• Yoshitoshi: The Old Woman Retrieves Her Arm

    Taiso Yoshitoshi: The Old Woman Retrieves Her Arm, from the series New Forms of Thirty-Six Ghosts, 1889; full-color woodblock print with embossing; Gift of Fernàn Franz Steiner.

  • Taiso Yoshitoshi: Fukami Jikyu Challenges the Moon, from the series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 1887; full-color woodblock print; 22 x 17 in.; Gift of Fernàn Franz Steiner.

  • Lynne Kimura

Tea Time Thursday: Lynne Kimura on Taiso Yoshitoshi

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

Join Collections Engagement Associate and Academic Liaison Lynne Kimura for Yoshitoshi's Prints Up Close, a discussion of Brave Warriors and Fantastic Tales: The World According to Yoshitoshi exhibition.

Taiso Yoshitoshi was the last great ukiyo-e print designer, and he was lucky enough to work with master carvers and printers at the peak of the genre’s technical innovations, such as embossing, the use of metallics and lacquer, intricate shading, and Western chemical pigments. This presentation offers a chance to dig in and examine a few exceptional prints from late in the artist’s career for their dramatic compositions, deft storytelling, cultural mythmaking, and the expertise of artisans soon to be put out of work by the advent of photography, lithography, and other fashionably “modern” technologies. 

Lynne Kimura, BAMPFA Carmel and Howard Friesen Collections Engagement Associate and Academic Liaison, did her honor’s thesis at UC Berkeley on mitate-e, woodblock prints that parody literature, legend, and political events, and has been a fan of Yoshitoshi’s art ever since. Lynne has a master’s degree in Japanese cultural studies from Yale University and has worked with the BAMPFA Asian collections for more than twenty-five years.

This is the seventh installment of our biweekly online conversation series for Curator’s Circle members, a collection of online events that offer insights from and Q&A’s with our curators. Please join us online at 4 PM every other Thursday for these intimate conversations. 

This event is open to Curator’s Circle members at the $1,000 level and above. Space is limited, and reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Registered participants will receive an email with a secure event link on July 21. 

Please contact Director of Special Events Masha Berek at mberek@berkeley.edu for more information or to register.