Hiroshige

Hiroshige

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by Melanie Trede, Lorenz Bichler
     
 

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

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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 set of woodprints belonging to the Ota Memorial Museum of Art in Tokyo.

Utagawa 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 "100 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.

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ISBN-13:
9781435119420
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
08/28/2009
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 13.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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Hiroshige 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
garyyokie More than 1 year ago
Hiroshige's 100 views of Edo is a classic compilation of Japanese printmaking. TASCHEN has published an immaculate rendering of these prints and put them in a silk and foil package that rises to the pristine resolution of the contents. I bought the book for less than 10 dollars after factoring in the membership and discounts; well below the several hundred dollars the book cost on the original release. Well worth the investment.
The_Engineer More than 1 year ago
Lovely coffee table book with no dust cover to get all torn up. The shimmering cover has a silk-like texture that adds to it's appeal...and of course Hiroshige's work is always a joy to see.
sanfranciscogirl More than 1 year ago
I have not compared the two side by side, but this appears to be an unbelievably priced version (identical content) as the stunning and VERY expensive book "Hiroshige, 100 Views of Edo" by the same authors and the same publisher (Taschen) published a year earlier. This book has a wonderful shimmering textured silk-like cover that you can't see from the photo, and you don't have to worry about getting all those little tears in a dustcover, because there isn't one. And while this book is a little smaller than its very special cousin, it is still a healthy coffee table size book with very nice paper and the full set of Hiroshige's 100 Views of Edo (there are actually more than 100 of them). Claude Monet decorated his home with a number of these woodblock prints. This book will make a very impressive gift and no one will ever imagine you could buy it at this price.