Last Ukiyoe -inheritors of ukiyo-e

2019, November 2nd-December 22nd
[1st Term] November 2nd-24th
[2nd Term] November 29th- December 22nd
※Works change between two terms
Will be closed on November 5, 11, 18, 25-28, December 2, 9, 16.

Discovering the ukiyo-e of the Meiji period lost in history

Many people understand ukiyo-e as a culture of the Edo period. However, ukiyo-e was continuously produced until the end of the Meiji period, in the beginning of the 20th century. Since their artistic value are disregarded, they are rarely introduced in museums today. This exhibition will discover 220 pieces of ukiyo-e from the Meiji period lost in history, from the collection of a painter and ukiyo-e collector, Isao Toshihiko.

Migita Toshihide “Genroku-style Dance at Shinbashi” (second term)


Nakazawa Toshiaki “Snow, the Moon and Flowers: Moon at Gojo Bridge” (first term)

Exploring the talent of 37 last ukiyo-e artists

Artists in the Meiji period such as Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and Kobayashi Kiyochika are often referred to as the last ukiyo-e artists. However, there were many artists after them in the following generation, striving to establish a new style during changing times. We will introduce the “Last Ukiyo-e” drawn by 37 artists such as Utagawa YoshimuneⅡ, Migita Toshihide, Mizuno Toshikata, Yōshū Chikanobu, Ogata Gekkō, Yamamoto Shōun and Miyagawa Shuntei, whose works were rarely presented until now.

Ogata Gekkō “Picture of Sanada Yukimura Hiding Himself in the Reeds” (second term)

Miyagawa Shuntei “Various Aspects of Children: Zoo” (second term)

Yamamoto Shōun “Contemporary Figures: Shamisen (Japanese instrument)” (first term)

Pictures of beautiful women and the warriors with new painting styles


Utagawa Yoshimune Ⅱ “Sketches by Yoshimune: Abalone Gathering” (second term)

The themes depicted in the ukiyo-e paintings of the Meiji period, are those common in the Edo period such as beautiful women, famous places, children and warriors. However, found in them are new styles completely different from the Edo period, such as the pale and vivid color and dynamic composition. You will encounter paintings which will transform your conception of ukiyo-e.

Ogata Gekkō “Bitter Melons and a Dragon-fly” (first term)


Yamamoto Shōun “Fox’s Wedding” (second term)


Yōsai Nobukazu “Nitta Shirō Watching the God of Mt. Fuji” (first term)

Developing a deep understanding of the history of ukiyo-e “Autumn fest of the Utagawa School”


Tukioka Yoshitoshi “One Hundred Views of the Moon: Moon on Hazy-night: Jade Rabbit and Sun Wukong” (second term)

At Ota Memorial Museum of Art, we will hold an exhibition of Utagawa Toyokuni in September, and an exhibition of Utagawa Kuniyoshi in October. Subsequent to these, this exhibition will introduce many paintings by the ukiyo-e artists in the Meiji period who continued the genealogy of the Utagawa School. Through the three exhibitions, you can trace the genealogy of the Utagawa School from Edo to Meiji period. Ota Memorial Museum of Art, having its expertise in ukiyo-e, will bring this sequence of exhibitions to you for a deeper understanding of the history of ukiyo-e.

Mizuno Toshikata “Arhat, Nakasaina-sonja” (first term)

Highlight of the exhibition

Migita Toshihide “Sketches by Toshihide: Hagoromo” (first term)


Represented is a work by Migita Toshihide (1863-1925), a pupil of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, produced around 1921. This is a climax scene from the famous folktale called “The Legend of Hagoromo”, where the tennyo (a spiritual being similar to an angel) receives her stolen robe back from the fisherman and returns up to heaven. Her colorful outfit in green and orange and the facial expression which reminds us of Buddhist paintings are expressions of a new era, completely different from those of ukiyo-e in the Edo period.
Adult 1000 yen
University and High school students 700 yen
Junior High School Students and below Free