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Iconic series by master Japanese Print Maker coming to CMOA

First-edition prints of Hiroshige’s Tokaido Road will be on view for the first time in 25 years

Hiroshige’s Tokaido Road
March 24–July 8, 2018
Gallery One

Pittsburgh…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces a new exhibition of one of the most celebrated works of Japanese art, the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido by master printmaker Utagawa (Andō) Hiroshige. The series depicts the spectacular landscapes and interesting characters encountered along the journey from Edo (now Tokyo) to the imperial capital Kyoto. Central to the exhibition are CMOA’s prints from the first Hōeidō edition; 55 in total, created between 1831 and 1834. This will be the first time in 25 years that the entire series has been on view at the museum.

The Tokaido road was the most heavily-traveled route between these two important cities, figuring heavily into popular Japanese art and culture in the mid-1800s. Hiroshige made hundreds of images on the subject throughout his career.

Visitors can follow the progress of the journey along the gallery walls, moving from location to location. In a unique twist, visitors will see examples from Hiroshige’s other series on Tokaido—Reisho, Gyosho, Kichizo, and Aritaya editions—to illustrate the artist’s varied approach to the same subject and innovations of vantage point, perspective, and scale. The exhibition will also feature multiple impressions of the same Hōeidō print to demonstrate variations in the color woodblock printing process, stressing the uniqueness of each singular impression. Different representations of the same station will branch out from the main “path” of the Hōeidō set.

Two different impressions of the same print

Hiroshige Andō, 'Mishima,' c. 1833-1834, woodblock print on paper, Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. James B. Austin

Hiroshige Andō, ‘Mishima,’ c. 1833-1834, woodblock print on paper, Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. James B. Austin

Hiroshige Andō, 'Mishima,' c. 1833-1834, woodblock print on paper, Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. James B. Austin

Hiroshige Andō, ‘Mishima,’ c. 1833-1834, woodblock print on paper, Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. James B. Austin

“We’re very fortunate to have an amazing collection of Japanese prints at CMOA” said curator Akemi May. “Having Hiroshige in such depth allows us to nerd-out a little and talk about what makes a good print versus a great print. Their sensitivity to light makes them difficult to display year-round, so this will be quite a treat our visitors will surely love.”

Hiroshige’s Tokaido Road is organized by Akemi May, Assistant Curator of Fine Art at CMOA.

Support for this exhibition is provided by the Bernard S. and Barbara F. Mars Art Exhibition Endowment.

General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. The programs of the Heinz Architectural Center are made possible by the generosity of the Drue Heinz Trust. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


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Edward Hopper; Roofs, Washington Square, 1926; watercolor over charcoal on paper; Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Beal; Carnegie Museum of Art

CMOA exhibition showcases its entire Hopper collection

CMOA Collects Edward Hopper
July 25–October 26, 2015
Gallery One

Edward Hopper; Sailing, 1911; oil on canvas; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Beal in honor of the Sarah Scaife Gallery; Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art

Edward Hopper; Sailing, 1911; oil on canvas; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Beal in honor of the Sarah Scaife Gallery; Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art

In 1913, Edward Hopper sold his first painting at the first Armory Show. But it would be over a decade before the now-famed painter sold another. Instead, Hopper turned to etchings, drawings, and watercolors, finding recognition for his masterful compositions of quiet, meditative moments.

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Vincent van Gogh; Still Life, Basket of Apples, 1887; oil on canvas; 18 3/8 x 21 3/4 in. (46.7 x 55.3 cm); Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Sydney M. Shoenberg Sr. 43:1972

Visiting Van Gogh: Still Life, Basket of Apples

March 14–July 6, 2015
Gallery One
Carnegie Museum of Art

“Certainly color is making progress, precisely by the Impressionists, even when they go astray.”
–Vincent van Gogh, May 1889

In the spring of 1886, Vincent van Gogh visited Paris for an extended stay, leaving the city in early 1888. This trip was the catalyst for most of his famous, dynamically colorful works. During his time in Paris, Van Gogh encountered the bold color and brushwork of the Impressionists and a new wave of artists succeeding them, and they inspired him to paint with a new vibrancy and freshness. Most of his famous, dynamically colorful works came after his Paris visit. Experience this story in four paintings with Visiting Van Gogh, which centers on Still Life, Basket of Apples (1887), lent to Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) by the Saint Louis Art Museum. Van Gogh often called his still life paintings “color studies,” and this still life, made toward the end of his stay in Paris, can be seen an experiment with his palette.

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Exhibition Showcases Newly-Uncovered Renaissance Paintings

Faked, Forgotten, Found opens June 28

Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces the results of two recent investigations of old master paintings in its collection: the discovery of an original 16th-century portrait of Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), hidden beneath Victorian-era overpainting; and the findings of a technical analysis of a portrait of Sir George Nevill, Lord Bergavenny, historically attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger. Both paintings were examined for display in Faked, Forgotten, Found: Five Renaissance Paintings Investigated, a new exhibition which details the careful analysis, conservation, and outstanding questions surrounding selected works in the museum’s collection.

Through inspection of paint crack-lines, and later X-radiographs, conservators determined that the original portrait of Isabella de’ Medici had been creatively repainted, likely to suit 19th-century tastes. CMOA paintings conservator Ellen Baxter was able to successfully clean and restore the painting, revealing a portrait of much greater depth and personality.

Before and after: Isabella de’ Cosimo I de Medici, c. 1570–1574

Attributed to Allesandro Allori
Isabella de’ Cosimo I de Medici, c. 1570–1574
oil on canvas (transferred from panel)
Gift of Mrs. Paul B. Ernst
Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art

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Jacques Bellange; 
The Martyrdom of Saint Lucy, after 1613; Etching and engraving; Patrons Art Fund in honor of Linda Batis, associate curator of fine arts, 2005.30

This Summer, Meet the (Old) Masters

Carnegie Museum of Art offers a summer-spanning schedule of programming on Old Masters exhibitions.

Small Prints, Big Artists: Masterpieces from the Renaissance to Baroque
Opens May 31, 2014

Faked, Forgotten, Found: Five Renaissance Paintings Investigated
Opens June 28, 2014

Carnegie Museum of Art holds an exceptional collection of Old Masters prints, from the masterful innovations of Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt in 15th- and 16th-century Northern Europe to the fantastical prints of Canaletto, Tiepolo, and Piranesi in 18th-century Italy. Small Prints, Big Artists, opening this summer, presents more than 200 masterworks from the museum’s exceptional collection of over 8,000 prints. The intimately scaled woodcuts, engravings, and etchings reveal the development of printmaking as a true art form. Due to their fragility, many of these prints have not been on view in decades.

In Faked, Forgotten, Found, discover conservators’ forensic analysis of Renaissance paintings in the museum’s collection that have undergone significant scientific analysis and conservation. The discoveries about each work are presented through extensive multimedia documentation, highlighting a fascinating but little-seen aspect of museum practice

To read more about the exhibitions, and view images, please read the press release.

Programming Schedule

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