Old Woodblock Prints in Boston’s MFA pre-cursors of Anime

If you’re a fan of graphic novels and anime, you would likely enjoy an exhibit of woodblock prints from 19th century Japan currently on exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

One hundred works of two rivals Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797–1861) and Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1864) are on display and if you just looked at the line work of the faces, the expressions, the energy in the portraits, you would think these are current day manga and anime characters.

Here are a just a few images of the facial expressions. So few lines, yet so expressive.