Dawn of the Floating World: Early Ukiyo-i Treasures from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Dawn of the Floating World: Early Ukiyo-i Treasures from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

by Timothy Clarke, Anne Nishimura Morse, Louise E. Virgin, Allen Hockley
     
 
This ambitious and ground-breaking publication accompanies an exhibition of selected early "pictures of the floating world" (ukiyo-e) from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Most of these exceptional paintings, prints, and books have never before been shown outside Boston.

Written by leading scholars and illustrated throughout in color, the

Overview

This ambitious and ground-breaking publication accompanies an exhibition of selected early "pictures of the floating world" (ukiyo-e) from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Most of these exceptional paintings, prints, and books have never before been shown outside Boston.

Written by leading scholars and illustrated throughout in color, the essays and detailed commentaries in this volume examine the images as vivid records of the leisure pursuits of the townsman class emerging within Japanese feudal society at the time. They discuss the origins, style, and technique of early ukiyo-e and describe the history of the Boston collection, "the finest collection of Asian art under one roof in the world." Biographies of the artists, a chronology, a glossary, and an extensive bibliography add to the value of this account as a standard work of reference.

About the Authors

Timothy Clark is Assistant Keeper in the Department of Japanese Antiquities at the British Museum, London.

Anne Nishimura Morse is Curator of Japanese Art in the Department of Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Louise E. Virgin is Assistant Curator of Japanese Art in the Department of Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Allen Hockley is Associate Professor in the Department of Art History at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The carnivalesque urban culture of Japan's Edo period is captured in The Dawn of the Floating World 1650-1765: Early Ukiyo-e Treasures from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Produced in conjunction with an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the volume gathers many previously unpublished woodblock prints and paintings of pleasure quarters, actors, courtesans and streetscapes. The book is edited by Timothy Clark, a keeper in the British Museum's Japanese antiquities department; Dartmouth art history professor Allen Hockley; and Anne Nishimura Morse and Louise E. Virgin, curators of Japanese art at the MFA, Boston. Clark and Morse contribute essays on the development and collection of ukiyo-e art, respectively, and the book also includes biographies of the major artists of the period. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
For a recently concluded exhibition that aimed to examine precursors of the Ukiyo-e style, curators at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, drew works from the renowned collection of Japanese prints at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Examining screen paintings, pleasure quarters, Kabuki, puppet theater, and literature, curator Clark and his coauthors detail the cultural changes and stylistic developments that led up to this style, exemplified by the familiar views of Mt. Fuji and the "Great Waves" series. The text also explores technical advances in woodblock printing that allowed artists to produce and disseminate images quickly and cheaply. Key players in the development of the Boston collection are discussed, short biographies of many Ukiyo-e artists help to flesh out people and places, and a helpful chronology lists events in government, arts, and Kabuki. However, the bulk of the exhibition catalog presents full-page images of pieces, with descriptive text about each. This work and Katherine L. Blood's recent The Floating World of Ukiyo-e, a good overview of Ukiyo-e at its height, together provide strong coverage of the topic. Recommended for academic libraries and public libraries specializing in art history and Japanese culture. Nadine Dalton Speidel, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810966444
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Pages:
333
Product dimensions:
8.87(w) x 12.12(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

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