The Soul of the Brush -the Line’s Pull, the Color’s Spell From Matabei to Hokusai and Kuniyoshi

  • Special Exhibition
  • Finished

The Soul of the Brush -the Line’s Pull, the Color’s Spell From Matabei to Hokusai and Kuniyoshi

February 9, 2021(Tue.) - April 4, 2021(Sun.)
February 9th(Tue) -April 4th (Sun)
1 Term:February 9th (Tue) --March 7th (Sun)
2 Term:March 9th (Tue) -April 4th (Sun)
9:30-17:30 (last admission 17:00)
Every Monday The following day if it is a national holiday.
Sumida City, The Sumida Hokusai Museum
Exhibition director
Masato Naito:Professor, Faculty of Letters, Keio University
Planning cooperation
Edo Culture Laboratory Co., Ltd.

     Exhibition Concept

The word ukiyo-e tends to be associated with woodblock prints, but brush-drawn ukiyo-e, unique works that are the product of the brush of each artist, antedate prints. In these paintings, we can directly perceive the complex, profound color techniques these artists used as well as their distinctive brushwork.
This exhibition presents 125 brush-drawn paintings by more than sixty ukiyo-e artists. They include Iwasa Matabei, who is regarded as the precursor of ukiyo-e painters, Hishikawa Moronobu, the founder of ukiyo-e, plus Kitagawa Utamaro, Tōshūsai Sharaku, Katsushika Hokusai, and Utagawa Kuniyoshi. The abundance of works on display includes Important Cultural Properties, Important Works of Art, and about forty works being displayed for the first time, including newly discovered or rediscovered works.
Through these brush-drawn paintings, the wellspring of ukiyo-e, visitors will gain a visceral sense of the 300-year history of ukiyo-e—the force of each artist’s skillful strokes, magical colors, and the soul of the brush, alive in each painting.

Exhibition Composition

 Section 1. From th Dawn of Ukiyo-e to the First Half of the Eighteenth Century
 Section 2. Flourishing Ukiyo-e 
 Section 3. Bakumatsu Masters: The Katsushika and Utagawa Schools 

Exhibition Highlights !


 Admission Fees

H.S / Univ. Students
65 and over
J.H.S Students
Disabled peoples
Elementary school students
  • Not available for advance tickets and group discounts.
  • Junior high, high school, and university students (including technical college, vocational school, and special training college students) will be requested to show student ID.
  • Adults 65 and over will be requested to show a document verifying age.
  • Persons with a certificate such as the following plus one accompanying person are admitted discount of charge: physical disability, intellectual disability, rehabilitation, mentally handicapped health and welfare, atomic bomb victim health notebook, etc. (Please show your certificate at time of admission.)
  • Use of these tickets is limited to the day on which the exhibition is visited and allow you to see all exhibition.


              Access Map, here
              5-minute walk from Toei Oedo Line Ryogoku Station A3 exit.
              9-minute walk from JR Sobu Line Ryogoku Station East exit.
              5-minute by Sumida Loop Bus from the JR Sobu Line Kinshicho Station North exit. Get off at the
              “The Sumida Hokusai Museum (Tsugaruke kamiyasiki ato) Stop”.

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