FANTASTIC ! KUNIYOSHI - THE DEMON OF THE STAMP.
From 1er October 2015 to 17 January 2016 at the Petit Palais Museum in Paris.
The Petit Palais invites the public to discover for the first time in France the production of an outstanding artist, Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). Thanks to important Japanese loans, supplemented by those of French institutions, the 250 works presented will testify to its dramatic genius and its expressive beauty. The exhibition will explain the function of this imagery and its importance in Japanese culture, the work of Kuniyoshi, having greatly influenced since the art of manga and tattooing.
Almost exact contemporary of Eugène Delacroix, Kuniyoshi remained less known in the West than Hokusai and Utamaro. The anticonformism of his work kept him away from the wave of decorative Japaneseism in Europe at the end of the nineteenth century, even if he was admired by Monet or Rodin. His prints are characterized by the originality of their inspiration and framing, violence in the series of monsters and fighters, humor in the series of shadows, caricatures and representations of the lives of cats.
The thematic tour will highlight the artist's limitless stylistic variety and imagination.