Sebastian Izzard LLC featured a selection of paintings, woodblock prints, and illustrated books in their annual exhibition of fine ukiyo-e during Asia Week in New York. Images of the Floating World: Paintings, Prints, and Illustrated Books featured a range of images of beauties, actors, landscapes, and bird and flower subjects from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Paintings by Edo period masters such as Kaigetsudo Dohan, Tosendo Rifu, Hosoda Eishi, and Utagawa Toyokuni were exhibited and included a rare painting by an amateur artist of the late 18th century, Aoki Masatada, depicting Hanaogi IV, dating from ca. 1794. A fine example of Utamaro's "The Silver World" (Gin sekai), complete with original covers and title slip, highlighted the group of illustrated books. Among the prints was a very rare first edition of Hiroshige's color woodblock triptych "Night View of the Sumida River," depicting two geisha of the Azumaya (the name in hiragana on the maid's lantern) and their attendant strolling on the embankment at night beneath flowering cherry.
The exhibition was open September 14-17 and 20-24 from 10AM to 5PM.