100 Looks of Various Women at the Art Institute of Chicago

For the first time in history, centuries-old paintings – depicting scenes from the urban entertainment districts of Japan – are on display in the U.S.
The comprehensive Weston Collection of ukiyo-e (“Floating World”) art brings these early metropolitan amusements to life at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Painting the Floating World includes works from the 17th through the 19th century.
The merchant class, benefiting most from the rapid economic growth of the cities, indulged in the theatre, courtesans, and geisha of the pleasure districts.
“Floating World” came to describe their hedonistic lifestyle.
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