As a quick follow-up to my Hanga 101 post, the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco is holding an exhibition of Japanese prints from 1700-1900 and their influence on the Impressionists.  The exhibition runs from October 16, 2010 – January 9, 2011 and looks to be extraordinary, with over 250 prints.

Examples include Hiroshige’s Gion Shrine in the Snow from the series Famous Places in Kyoto ca. 1833–1834 compared to Henri Riviere’s La Tour en construction, vue de Trocadero, from the book Les Trente-Six Vues de la Tour Eiffel, 1902.  Riviere’s calling the book “Thirty Six Views of the Eiffel Tower” is a direct nod to Hokusai’s classic ukiyo-e series, Thirty Six Views of Mt. Fuji.

Running concurrently is another exhibition entitled “Aspects of Mount Fuji in Japanese Illustrated Books” which includes illustrations from Hokusai’s series One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji.

Oh, how I wish I could go! (Robin, George and Betty, I expect a full report! ) And Lonny readers get 20% off if they use coupon code JLONNY. 

I’ll have to settle for the exhibition book

Image credits: 1. via October-November 2010 Lonny Magazine, 2. via Legion of Honor Museum website