UKIYO-E, SHANGHAI POSTERS, AND VINTAGE NEWS
Among Bai Win’s print collection are our ukiyo-e (Japanese wood block prints, translated as “pictures of the floating world”) Chinese commercial posters, gazette journals, and lithographs.
Our wide range of Japanese ukiyo-e is fairly extensive. Dating from the early to late 1800’s, our collection includes works from Kunisada, Toyokuni, Yoshitoshi and many others. These prints explore Japanese culture from a historical, legendary, and mythical past. It is with these Japanese prints that a new artistic movement, Impressionism, started in Europe in the late 1800’s.
Also in our collection are the famous and now rare advertising posters dating from the early 1900’s to the 1930’s, most popular in, but not exclusive to, Shanghai and Beijing. The women portrayed in these posters were considered the height of fashion in their time and many were popular actresses or singers. Often referred to as the “Shanghai Posters” these are now popular collector’s items, and although the medicines, cigarettes, and others items advertised are long gone, the Shanghai girls still live on in these vintage moments of a bygone era.