Ōtsu-e – the popular paintings produced between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries in villages along the Tōkaidō Road between Kyoto and Ōtsu – have been largely forgotten by Japanese art history and academic research. Yet they constitute a unique form of graphic expression, one characterised by a religious, moral or satirical tone, and figured prominently during the Edo period. It is in this context that the Maison franco-japonaise in Tokyo has organized the first international symposium devoted to the subject.
Entitled Deciphering Ōtsu-e: from Edo-period painters to Miró (江戸の庶民絵画、大津絵を読み解く街道絵師からミロまで) and scheduled for July 8th and 9th 2016, the symposium will explore the origins of Ōtsu-e, its iconography and its links to Edo-period arts and literature. It will also focus on how these images were rediscovered and re-appropriated by modern Japanese painters and thinkers, from Kawanabe Kyōsai and Umehara Ryūzaburō to Kusunose Nichinen and Yanagi Sōetsu. It will further explore how these naïve yet highly meaningful paintings were viewed overseas during the twentieth century by anthropologists, ethnologists and artists. On that occasion, I will present my recent researches on the impact of the old imagery from Ōtsu in Catalonia, through Serra, Miró and Gomis.
7月9日（土）July 9th, 16:40h. Ōtsu-e in Catalonia: Eudald Serra, Cels Gomis and Joan Miró (カタルーニャにおける大津絵ーエウダル・セラ、セルソ・ゴミス、ジョアン・ミロ)