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November 6, 2004 – January 2, 2005
Museum: Sackler Gallery
Location: Pavilion, Sublevel 1
This exhibition presents approximately 160 of the more than 4,500 Japanese woodblock prints from the 1860s through the 1940s bequeathed to the museum by Robert O. Muller (1911-2003). The prints are shown in a series of thematic categories that had particular resonance with Muller: the rendering of light in various atmospheric conditions; depictions of birds and beasts; theatricality; images of female beauty; and printing technique in the service of effect. Artists represented included Shinsui, Kampo, Yoshitoshi, Kiyochika, Shunsen, Hasui, and Koson. The prints are complemented by some paintings also drawn from Muller's holdings.