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Clark Art Institute Receives Gift of Japanese Woodblock Prints

The Clark Art Institute has received sixty-three Japanese color woodblock prints, dating from 1832 to 1971, from long-time Clark docent Adele Rodbell. The Rodbell Family Collection includes landscape prints spanning from the late ukiyo-e through the shin hanga and sōsaku hanga movements of the 1920s and ‘30s to postwar Japan.

Among the works are a Hokusai landscape, a number of works from Hiroshige’s series “100 Famous Views of Edo,” and the Zen architecture prints of Saitō.

An exhibition of prints from the collection is slated for the fall of 2015.

Said Rodbell, “When thinking about where this collection should permanently reside, I considered several museums whose Japanese print collections were already quite well established.”

She added: “I thought the Clark was an ideal place for the prints to be. I had a long-term relationship with the Clark, which was expanding its collecting interests into new areas. In addition, two new buildings were being constructed by the fine Japanese architect Tadao Ando. It all seemed to be a perfect fit.”