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Hokusai

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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) was one of the greatest of the Japanese printmakers. painters and book illustrators. This richly illustrated monograph provides a comprehensive overview of the master's life and works, and also analyses his potent influence on Western artists. The core of the book is a series of six chapters, each providing a succinct account of a phase in Hokusai's life followed by a sequence of the finest and most representative works of that period. In addition, seven essays by distinguished ...
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Overview

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) was one of the greatest of the Japanese printmakers. painters and book illustrators. This richly illustrated monograph provides a comprehensive overview of the master's life and works, and also analyses his potent influence on Western artists. The core of the book is a series of six chapters, each providing a succinct account of a phase in Hokusai's life followed by a sequence of the finest and most representative works of that period. In addition, seven essays by distinguished Western and Japanese scholars present new research on a range of crucial areas of interest in Hokusai's studies. Finally, a full commentary on each illustration provides detailed technical information and also a revealing analysis of style, colour, composition and motif. With some 700 illustrations, this magnificent scholarly survey is the first publication in English to make such a rich selection of Hokusai's prints, paintings and drawings available to a wide public, revealing his mastery of line and colour to full advantage, and demonstrating the extraordinary range and quality of his achievement. This will become an indispensable book for all scholars and lovers of Japanese art.
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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
… Gian Carlo Calza, director of the International Hokusai Research Center in Milan, has divided up the territory among a remarkable team of experts. Hokusai was as interested in the movement of water as Leonardo. Nobuo Tsuji, the rector of the Tama University of Fine Arts in Tokyo, tells us that there is as much fantasy as observation in Hokusai's surreal late views of waterfalls (some look like a courtesan's combed hair, others like buckwheat noodles), and Richard Lane, an art scholar in Kyoto, walks us through Hokusai's perhaps equally fanciful erotica. Even people who think they know Hokusai's work well will find surprises in this thoughtfully arranged book, which concludes with some striking examples of French art inspired by Hokusai. — Christopher Benfey
Publishers Weekly
In this exhaustive volume, editor Calza smartly resists any attempt to neatly categorize Japanese artist Hokusai (1769-1849)-innovative printmaker, illustrator and painter-and instead catalogs his prodigious output with sumptuous reproductions that provide indisputable evidence of an expansive and innovative talent. Additional studies and sketches reveal Hokusai to be a master craftsman, whether he was composing monumental seascapes or small-scale, complex fabric patterns. Throughout his 70-year career, Hokusai mastered multiple genres and constantly reinvented-and renamed-himself; several scholarly essays explore the astonishing results, from the renowned, magnificent views of Mount Fuji to intricate erotic miniatures to lesser known virtuoso instruction manuals for dance steps. Other chapters examine the artist's response to Western practices, spatial handling in particular, and the subsequent perspectival shifts in his own technique. But influence works two ways-so attests an analysis of Hokusai as one of the main catalysts of the 19th-century Japonisme movement. Calza's comprehensive and lavish monograph will prove an invaluable resource for Hokusai scholars and students of Japanese art in general. 500 full-color and 200 b/w illustrations. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714844572
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 520
  • Sales rank: 1,056,351
  • Product dimensions: 9.87 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 4
Hokusai: a Universe 7
The Young Hokusai 13
Western Influences in Hokusai's Art 23
'All Creation is the Teacher': Hokusai the Individualist in Two of his Painting Manuals 32
Love's Labours Found: the Erotic Art of Hokusai 50
Surimono Art and Literary Circles: the Genroku kasen kai awase and Umazukushi Series 58
In a Fantasy World: Hokusai's Late Works 65
Hokusai's Letters 75
I Under the Sign of the Dragon: the Shunro Period 83
II Individualism and Autonomy: the Sori Period 103
III Maturity: the Hokusai Period 125
IV Handbooks, Handbooks, Handbooks: the Taito Period 189
V Revolution in Landscape: the Iitsu Period 225
VI Beyond the Impossible: the Manji Period 337
VII Beyond the Margins of the Western Sea: Hokusai and Japonisme 399
List of Works 424
Glossary 507
Bibliography 511
Index of Works 513
General Index 517
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