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The 115th Exhibition 50 Years of Japanese Illustrations December 1 - 22 ,1995

Photographs, for example, accurately record conditions of the times but illustrations never have such physical realism. It is impossible to infer people's bone structure from Utamaro's woodblock prints. It would be a strange scene if women like those in the prints filled the streets. The special quality of illustrations is to reveal the consciousness and metaphysics of people. This exhibition encapsulates the trends of 50 years. It may also have raised the issue of how illustrators think today and how they will be in the future.
Akira Uno

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