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Meeting Tessai: Modern Japanese Art from the Cowles Collection
<p>Sackler Tomioka Tessai is a prime example of a modern Japanese painter. Contemporaries praised his works as being exceptionally modern, and they recognized parallels between Tessais work and European postimpressionism. Paintings by Tomioka Tessai (18361924) were so esteemed that he was one of the first Japanese artists to have his works shown in the United &#8230;</p>

Dedication Materials
<p>Three bundles of dedication materials (bokjangmul ) were found inside the sculpture: one in the head and two others in the lower body. The dedication materials in the head were likely put in place at the time of production and before the face was fixed to the head. Materials found in the lower body are &#8230;</p>
detail from the back of the sculpture showing a necklace and sculptured clothing

The Sculpture
<p>Use this silent video label to learn more about the sculpture, its components and construction, and the original location of the dedication materials it contained. The wood used to carve this image of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Gwaneum in Korean) has been identified as fir, a member of the pine family. Further analysis of the wood &#8230;</p>

Hokusai: Mad about Painting
<p>Freer, galleries 58 The Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (17601849) is widely recognized for a single imageGreat Wave Off the Coast of Kanagawa, an icon of global artyet he produced thousands of works throughout his long life. Charles Lang Freer recognized the artists vast abilities before many other collectors, and he assembled the worlds largest collection &#8230;</p>

<p>I Made Subandi (second from left, front) leading his Ceraken ensemble. Photo by Lisa Gold, 2014. From Performing Indonesia</p>

<p>The Washington Post, A change in visual language signals a bigger cultural shift, by Philip Kennicott The Wall Street Journal, Whistler Along the Thames, by Lance Esplund Town &amp; Country, Whistler on the Thames: The Witty Painter Who Could One-Up Oscar Wilde, by Kevin Conley The Economist, A river runs through it The Art Newspaper, Bumpy canvas reveals hidden portrait of Whistlers mistress, by &#8230;</p>

<p>#CityViewLondon Thames River traffic is shown in Whistlers Brown and Silver: Old Battersea Bridge and this recent photograph of the present-day bridge. Barges still pass under the 1890 bridge, which replaced the original wooden structure painted by Whistler in the 1860s. #CityViewTokyo To the north of Ryōgoku Bridge on the east bank of the Sumida &#8230;</p>

City View
<p>Explore Tokyo and London as seen by Kiyochika and Whistler in the nineteenth century. On September 3, 1868, the city of Edo ceased to exist. Renamed Tokyo (Eastern Capital) by Japans new rulers, the city exemplified the nations drive toward modernization. Railroads, steamships, gaslights, telegraph lines, and large brick buildings radically changed the cityscape. Kiyochika &#8230;</p>

Conservation and Science
<p>According to the ledger books of the London art supplier C. Roberson and Company, Whistler purchased sixteen blocks of wove paper from 1881 to 1883. Blocks of paper, compressed and sealed around the edges, not only minimized distortion of the wet paper, but they were also easy to carry while painting outside. Remnants of adhesive &#8230;</p>