Hiroshige: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

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Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, actually composed of 118 splendidwoodblock landscape and genre scenes of mid-nineteenth century Tokyo, is one of the greatest achievements of Japanese art. The series contains many of Hiroshige's best-loved and most extraordinary prints. Like Venice and Florence in the 14th and 15th centuries, or Paris in the age of the Impressionists, the city of Edo, with its superb landmarks and its festive display of elegant urban life, exerts a special and compelling fascination. ...
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1986 Hardcover New 0807611433. FLAWLESS COPY, BRAND NEW, PRISTINE, NEVER OPENED-Originally published 1986. 256 pages; 4.3 pounds; 119 full color plates. --This final series of ... woodblock prints by the celebrated 19th century Japanese artist Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige, is considered to be the finest example of his masterwork. Each plate is accompanied by a commentary that discusses its artistic and cultural interest in detail. The brilliant ukiyo-e printmaker, revealed the panorama of his city's (Edo, which is now named Tokyo) activities with subtle and vivid visual anecdotes. The 100 scenes are really vignettes of life in all seasons, from many points of view. --Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, actually composed of 118 splendid woodblock landscape and genre scenes of mid-nineteenth century Tokyo, is one of the greatest achievements of Japanese art. The series contains many of Hiroshige's best-loved and most extraordinary prints. Like Venice and Florence in the 14th and 15th centuries, or Paris in Read more Show Less

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Overview

Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, actually composed of 118 splendidwoodblock landscape and genre scenes of mid-nineteenth century Tokyo, is one of the greatest achievements of Japanese art. The series contains many of Hiroshige's best-loved and most extraordinary prints. Like Venice and Florence in the 14th and 15th centuries, or Paris in the age of the Impressionists, the city of Edo, with its superb landmarks and its festive display of elegant urban life, exerts a special and compelling fascination. Hiroshige revealed the panorama of his city's activities with subtle and vivid visual anecdotes: fireworks seen from the river, fashionable geishas on parade, the kabuki district at night, intimate moments in the gardens and teahouses. It is a tour de force of artistic vision and printmaking craftsmanship. This edition has been reproduced from an exceptionally fine, first-edition set in the Brooklyn Museum of Art to insure maximum fidelity to the original prints. Henry Smith ex-plains the world of Edo in its twilight before the Meiji Restoration and the beginnings of a modern urban society. Each plate is accompanied by a commentary that discusses its artistic and cultural interest in detail. For anyone interested in Japan, the One Hundred Famous Views of Edo is perhaps the finest guide and one of the greatest legacies imaginable.

Hiroshige's estraordinary series of landscape and genre scenes of mid-19th century Tokyo are reproduced here for the first time in a Western edition.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780807611432
  • Publisher: Braziller, George Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Edition description: 1ST ED.
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.94 (w) x 14.60 (h) x 1.36 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2000

    A Rare Opportunity to See an Entire Print Series...

    This beautiful, over-sized book contains all 118 prints from Hiroshige's 'grand final performance', the One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, a print series that greatly influenced Western artists, most notably van Gogh. Each print is reproduced from well-preserved originals of the first edition (done circa 1856) and thus retain much of their vivid color and crisp outlines. The background essays done by Henry Smith II, and Amy G. Poster are brief, but informative. Along with the commentary that accompanies each print (also done by Smith), they paint a clear picture of Hiroshige's life and work that round out the experience of viewing the prints. It is not often that whole print series are reproduced in their entirety, and so beautifully. Hiroshige's stunning final effort is well displayed here, as it should be.

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