Woodblock prints by Hiroshige, Kunisada and Hokusai
Motifs from Japanese woodblock prints have long been part of pop and consumer culture: views of Mount Fuji, impressions of the cherry blossom festival and portraits of legendary warriors are part of our visual world. They shape our ideas of Japan. This art movement has exerted a fascination that has endured for 200 years and which also captivated Dr. Carl Mettler (1877-1942). Almost entirely in secret, the Basel chemist amassed an extensive collection of these woodcuts. It is largely thanks to him that the Kupferstichkabinett now houses around 350 originals of this unique art. Only a few copies of some of the prints, which were once produced in large editions, are still to be found in Basel - and as yet unknown.
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