Hiroshige: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Hardback)
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DescriptionThis title features Hiroshige's Edo: Masterful ukiyo-e woodblock prints of Tokyo in the mid-19th century. Literally meaning 'pictures of the floating world', ukiyo-e refers to the famous Japanese woodblock print genre that originated in the 17th century and is practically synonymous with the Western world's visual characterization of Japan. Because they could be mass produced, ukiyo-e works were often used as designs for fans, New Year's greeting cards, single prints, and book illustrations, and traditionally they depicted city life, entertainment, beautiful women, kabuki actors, and landscapes. The influence of ukiyo-e in Europe and the USA, often referred to as Japonisme, can be seen in everything from impressionist painting to today's manga and anime illustration. This reprint is made from one of the finest complete original sets of woodblock prints belonging to the Ota Memorial Museum of Art in Tokyo. Hiroshige (1797-1858) was one of the last great artists in the ukiyo-e tradition. Though he captured a variety of subjects, his greatest talent was in creating landscapes of his native Edo (modern-day Tokyo) and his final masterpiece was a series known as "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (1856-1858)". This resplendent complete reprint pairs each of the 120 large-scale illustrations with a description, allowing readers to plunge themselves into Hiroshige's beautifully vibrant landscapes.
- Published: 01 October 2010
- Format: Hardback 240 pages
- ISBN 13: 9783836521208 ISBN 10: 3836521202
- Sales rank: 41,727
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Reviews for Hiroshige
This was a surprise. I was expecting high quality prints, but these actually managed to surpass my expectations. The prints have been beautifully done on matte paper, and the beautiful binding makes the act of opening the book feel ceremonial. The collection is beautifully handled, with enough succinct and well written information to spark your curiosity without overwhelming the visual and aesthetic experience of the book. byunder review