Brewster Hanson (1923-2008) lived in Geneva for more than 50 years, first collected Post-Impressionist paintings, then Old Master prints, and then Japanese woodblock prints beginning in the 1980s, commenting later that 'something lit up inside me.' He did succeed in obtaining the complete works in Hiroshige's iconic "Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road" and the "Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido" and several others; as well, as acquiring the most successful designs from rarer series. This exhibition will include more than 60 of Hanson's best prints and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
The highlights in this exhibition are known to everyone and will include prints from Hiroshige's "Omi hakkei" and several fine prints from the "Great Waterfall" series of 1830 by Katsushika Hokusai; 18 of Hiroshige's "Great Fish" series; several from the Fifty Three Stations of the Tokaido Road by Hiroshige and Eisen; and a complete deluxe set of Hiroshige's "Mountains and Harbours." In addition to these great works are many celebrated landscape triptychs, including Tsukioka Yoshitoshi's definitive masterwork, "Fujiwara no Yasumasa" (Playing the Flute by Moonlight) of 1883.
The massive earthquake of 11 March, 2011 created wholesale devastation in Japan and Joan B. Mirviss, Ltd. are offering for purchase during Asia Week affordable ceramics from Kondo Takahiro's initial firing from his project "Inochi no utsuwa." All proceeds will go driectly to two non-profit organisations committed to supporting those in need in the Tohoku region.
Joan B. Mirviss, Ltd., 39 East 78th Street 4/F
New York, NY 10075
tel 212 799 4021, info@mirviss.com, www.mirviss.com
During Asia Week, Mon-Sat 10-6, or by appointment.
After Asia Week, Mon-Fri 11-6, or by appointment.
Opening Reception 14 March, 6-8.