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Collections Viewing: Brooks McCormick, Jr. Collection of Japanese Prints

Colorful woodblock print of a person holding a spear

The Smart Museum of Art is home to the Brooks McCormick, Jr. Collection of Japanese Prints—featuring 1,146 Japanese prints, primarily color woodblock prints from the late Edo (1615–1868) and Meiji (1868–1912) periods. The collection includes examples by ukiyo-e (“floating world”) masters like Utagawa Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai as well as a substantial body of works in the lesser-known Osaka tradition celebrating the Kabuki theater and views of that city and region of Japan.

On the closing weekend of the special exhibition Meiji Modern, join us for an intimate viewing of Meiji period prints from the collection in the study room. 


Presented by the Smart’s Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry and the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago.

Image: Ichiyōsai Yoshitaki, detail of Eight Actors from Seinen Yume Monogatari, ‘Tale of the Southwestern Dream,’ 1878, Woodblock print. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, The Brooks McCormick Jr. Collection of Japanese Prints, 2015.1009b.