The Denver Art Museum’s Her Brush: Japanese Women Artists from the Fong-Johnstone Collection aims at a nuanced approach to questions of artistic voice, gender, and agency through more than 100 works of painting, calligraphy, and ceramics from 1600s to 1900s Japan. Many of the artworks will be on view for the first time to the public.

Her Brush traces the pathways women artists forged for themselves in their pursuit of art — exploring the universal human drive of artistic expression as self-realization while navigating cultural barriers during times marked by strict gender roles and societal regulations.

The exhibition showcases works by renowned artists such as Kiyohara Yukinobu 清原雪信 (1643–1682), Ōtagaki Rengetsu 太田垣蓮月 (1791–1875), and Okuhara Seiko 奥原晴湖 (1837–1913), as well as relatively unknown yet equally remarkable artists like Ōishi Junkyō 大石順教 (1888–1968), Yamamoto Shōtō 山本緗桃 (1757–1831), and Katō Seikō 加藤青湖 (fl. 1800s).

Her Brush is on view at the Denver Art Museum through July 16.

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