Ukiyo-e Prints Course | Exhibition Catalogs


View and Download

Download Full Text (9.4 MB)


"Earthly Pleasures or, broader, nature’s riches and man, is a topic for an exhibition project of the ukiyo-e prints curatorial course taught at RISD in the Fall Semester of 2015. When deciding on this subject matter we were curious to see how the urban art of ukiyo-e with its focus on figurative representation of celebrities dealt with the nature theme, essential for Japanese culture and all-pervading in Japanese classical visual arts and literature. Did ukiyo-e artists include images of nature in their compositions? If yes, then who, when and how? It is with this quest in mind that a selection of thirteen prints from the collection of the RISD Museum has been made. ..." -- Foreword, Earthly Pleasures: Bounty in Ukiyo-e Prints

Contributing Authors

Zashary Caro, Sabrina Catlett, Daniel Chae, Boong Chamnanratanakul, Erika Chang, Jamie Chen, Jolene Dosa, Megan Farrell, Saskia Fleishman, Rachel Hahn, Serena Hong, Minkyung Kim, Do Yun Kwak, Yuri Lee, Laura Lin, Nandi Lu, Shanaiya Maloo, Minty Pitaksuteephong, Tim Rooney, Isabelle Rose, Caitlyn Sit, Jessica Song, Alyssa Spytman, Juan Tang Hon, Fallon Wong, Yiran Jasphy Zheng.

Publication Date

Fall 2015


traditional format (bookbinding process), japanese


Elena Varshavskaya


Ukiyo-e Prints (H791)




Ukiyo-e prints, nature and man, bijinga, Suzuki Harunobu, Torii Kiyonaga, Katsukawa Shunzan, Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige, Utagawa Kunisada, cormorant fishing, bonito fishing, seven herbs of spring nanakusa, clam digging shiohigari, iris flowers, dried gourd strips kanpyo, mushroom gathering, persimmon picking, reeds, oxen.


Art and Design | Japanese Studies | Theory and Criticism

Earthly Pleasures: Bounty in Ukiyo-e Prints (2015)



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.