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Art of the Japanese Postcard: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
     

Art of the Japanese Postcard: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

by Kendall Brown (Text by), Leonard Lauder (Text by), Anne Nishimura Morse (Text by), J. Thomas Rimer (Text by)
 
From the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century, Japan was a vital world center for postcard art. More than just casual mail pieces, these postcards were often designed by prominent artists and had a visual impact that belied their modest format. Remarkably beautiful examples of graphic design in their own right, they also recorded the shifting definitions of

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From the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century, Japan was a vital world center for postcard art. More than just casual mail pieces, these postcards were often designed by prominent artists and had a visual impact that belied their modest format. Remarkably beautiful examples of graphic design in their own right, they also recorded the shifting definitions of “East” and “West” at a time when such European currents as Art Nouveau began to show up in Japanese visual productions. Art of the Japanese Postcard presents 300 full-color examples of these cards, culled from the vast Leonard A. Lauder Collection. They are astonishing not only for their beauty and the quality of their printing, but also for the insight they provide into contemporary Japanese artistic practices--insights not relayed in standard histories that focus on painting and sculpture--as well as for the fluid interplay of European and Japanese modes. Authoritative essays by leading scholars of Japanese art and culture, plus a statement by the collector himself, highlight the design, development, and cultural function of these rarely studied, but highly influential and visually exciting, expressions of graphic genius.

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Christopher Benfey
It took a while for Japanese woodblock prints to be appreciated for the masterpieces they are, and the same could be said -- in fact, is said, by Anne Nishimura Morse and other sharp-eyed scholars writing in this exhibition catalog -- about the neglected genre of the postcard. In this spell-inducing volume, you'll find the encounter of East and West given a fresh treatment.
The New York Times
Library Journal
Japan was a prominent center for postcard art from the late 19th to the early 20th century. Drawing on a collection bequeathed by Leonard Lauder to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, this book presents a comprehensive introduction to the Japanese postcard. There is naturally a heavy emphasis on the postcards themselves, extraordinarily reproduced in 350 color and 20 black-and-white illustrations. Each postcard is reproduced to scale so that we can easily see how it looked originally. Of the four essays accompanying the illustrations, Lauder's entertaining and informative piece stands out, showing how he began collecting these postcards and revealing a great deal about the history of this graphic art form. Lastly, the book describes an important time in Japanese art, as the influence of movements such as Art Nouveau were just beginning to shape the Eastern art aesthetic. Highly recommended for large public and academic libraries with strong art collections. Sheila Devaney, Univ. of Georgia Lib., Athens Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878466689
Publisher:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.24(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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