Jan 4, 2011

Japanese Woodblock Prints at the San Diego Museum of Art

Today I went to the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park with Omari to see the "Dreams and Diversions" exhibit.  This exhibit features Japanese woodblock prints from 250-years ago to the present.  A majority of the prints were from two artists named Hakusai (1760 - 1849) and Hiroshige (1797-1858).  The prints featured were the first examples of mass produced postcards.  These postcards were sold at key points along the road from Kyoto to Edo (now Tokyo) as a way to remember the trip.

I bought a couple of postcard books from the gift shop as souvenirs of the visit.

For information about the exhibit and an online gallery showing the images Omari and I saw today, follow this link.