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Toledo Museum of Art opens Ebb & Flow exhibition

The Toledo Museum of Art presents Ebb & Flow an exhibition on view Oct. 11, 2013 through Jan. 5, 2014.

When Elizabeth Keith arrived in Japan in 1915, the Scotswoman intended the trip to be a short visit to her sister, who had married a publisher working in Tokyo.

Instead, the 28-year-old remained in the country for nine years. Enamored with Japan’s culture, she was inspired to turn her budding artistic endeavors into a full-fledged career. Her portraits of Asian life earned her a following—one was even exhibited at the Royal Academy in London—and she began a fruitful collaboration with prominent printmaker Watanabe Shōzaburō, creating traditional Japanese woodblock prints. Though she eventually returned to London, the East left an indelible impact on the artist.

Today, a Keith print is one of more than 100 works on paper on view in Ebb & Flow: Cross-Cultural Prints, a new Toledo Museum of Art exhibition that explores the global influence of Japanese printmaking since 1900.

The works in Ebb & Flow, from the TMA collection and on loan from private collections, complement the Museum’s major fall exhibition Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, which focuses on the rise of the shin hanga (“new prints”) movement among Japanese artists influenced by European Impressionism. Ebb & Flow also delves into shin hanga, but goes further in exhibiting works from the sōsaku hanga (“creative prints”) and kindai hanga (“modern contemporary prints”) movements.

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