EXHIBITION - From Samurai to Soldier: Japanese Prints of War 1830 - 1897

Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Old College Hall, Gallery Old College Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19711, USA

The mention of Japanese woodblock prints usually suggests images of serene landscapes, famous Japanese landmarks and beautiful women. However, a less well-known but equally popular form of the Japanese woodblock prints were musha-e (warrior prints) and senso-e (scenes of contemporary war). This exhibition presents musha-e and senso-e from the Edo (1603-1868) and Meiji (1868-1912) periods, illustrating the shift in subject matter from imagined scenes of sixteenth century samurai to soldiers of the late nineteenth century Sino-Japanese War.

The nineteen prints on view were generously lent by Hong Gyu Shin, who graduated from the University of Delaware in 2013. In addition to his interests as a collector, Hong Gyu opened the Shin Gallery in January 2013, dedicated to contemporary Korean art (

This exhibition is curated by Anna Juliar and Hong Gyu Shin. Anna Juliar, Ph.D. student, Art History, was the Research Assistant for the University Museums from 2012- 2013. She is currently the Margaret R. Mainwaring Curatorial Fellow in the Prints, Drawings and Photographs Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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