Feline Fantasies: Cats in the Floating World

Feline Fantasies: Cats in the Floating World

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1864), Cat and Beauty from the series Beauties in New Styles Dyed to Order (detail), 1818–30. Color woodblock print; 22 ½ x 16 inches. Courtesy Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation.

Cats were by far the most popular pets depicted in prints, paintings and book illustrations that chronicled the urban popular culture of the Edo and Meiji periods. Drawing on both the current Japan Society exhibition and the massive Japanese art collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Sarah E. Thompson, Assistant Curator for Japanese Prints at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will examine depictions of cats in three aspects: the elegant cat, a symbol of sophistication and allure; the predatory cat, from helpful mouser to supernatural monster; and the comical cat, an anthropomorphic vehicle for humor and satire.

Followed by a reception.

Tickets: $15/$12 Japan Society members, seniors & students (includes exhibition admission)

This program is generously supported by the International Fine Print Dealers Association.

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