Ronin Gallery and Sato Sakura Gallery will come together this November to transcend time and medium in the collaborative exhibition Sakura: An Enduring Tradition. Ronin Gallery will present a collection of 18th – 19th century Japanese woodblock prints that depict cherry blossoms, while Sato Sakura will evoke the blooms of our contemporary world through contemporary Nihonga paintings. With each gallery a leader in their respective field, this exhibition provides a rare opportunity to explore such important works side-by-side.
Although rooted within different periods and social classes, both ukiyo-e and Nihonga are distinguished by their lasting impact on the history of Japanese art. Ukiyo-e, or “images of the floating world,” captured the vital, urban culture of Edo that first blossomed in the 17th century. Embraced as the medium of a newly emerged middle class, these woodblock prints embraced the humor, excitement, and beauty of popular culture and everyday life. From Hiroshige’s romance with the Japanese landscape, to Kuniyoshi’s mastery of the fantastic, ukiyo-e artists created a dynamic art form that inspired not only their contemporaries, but also the Impressionists, Post-impressionists, as well as artists today.
As Western-style painting gained popularity in Japan during the Meiji period (1868-1912), Nihonga, or “Japanese-style painting,” fused the familiar materials and traditional techniques of Japan’s revered painting schools with artistic ideas from the West to create a distinctly modern approach to painting. Today, Nihonga artists continue to capture contemporary life in mineral pigments and gold leaf, ever adapting this dynamic medium. Through Sakura: An Enduring Tradition, Sato Sakura Gallery and Ronin Gallery invite you to immerse yourself in this selection of works that celebrate past, present, and continuity through the theme of the cherry blossom.