Hokusai

Hokusai

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by Matthi Forrer
     
 

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In Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji, Hokusai created an iconic work that includes universally recognized and beloved images of the Japanese landscape. The same broad perspective and attention to detail is brought to bear in this monumental book that follows the full spectrum of Hokusai's life and work. From his first prints to his most accomplished productions,

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In Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji, Hokusai created an iconic work that includes universally recognized and beloved images of the Japanese landscape. The same broad perspective and attention to detail is brought to bear in this monumental book that follows the full spectrum of Hokusai's life and work. From his first prints to his most accomplished productions, including drawings and paintings, each stage of Hokusai's artistic development is presented within the context of Japanese cultural history. In addition to placing him among contemporaries from his native country, the book discusses the profound influence Hokusai had on European artists, particularly the Impressionists. Matthi Forrer, one of the world's leading authorities on the artist, vibrantly interweaves brilliant reproductions from every period of Hokusai's life with fascinating commentary. Presented in a luxurious large-format edition, the book offers a comprehensive perspective combined with the latest scholarly findings.

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This edition showcases the work of master printmaker and artist Hokusai. With nearly 200 color reproductions of Hokusai's works, including "The Great Wave" and other famous prints, Hokusai: Prints and Drawings is an extensive, superb collection of pieces by one of Japan's most renowned artists. The accompanying text introduces readers to the subtleties of each work, providing contextual information and technical details of the piece's creation. The stunning prints exemplify Hokusai's extraordinary skill, imagination, and even humor, allowing readers to glimpse aspects of life in 18th-century Japan in vivid color and detail. The intricate landscapes -- full of brooding mountains, gnarled trees, serene bridges, and delicate flowers -- invoke a sense of peaceful introspection and that invites the reader to sit back and truly contemplate the prints.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783791344386
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
13.00(w) x 16.80(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

MATTHI FORRER is a curator for Japanese Arts at the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden, Germany. He is the author of numerous books on Hokusai and Japanese art, including Hokusai: Mountains and Water, Flowers and Birds and Hokusai: Prints and Drawings (both by Prestel).

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bibliophileDS More than 1 year ago
One thing that's not obvious, from reading the publisher's description of this book, is that it was first published for the Royal Academy exhibition in 1991. It was intended to accompany that exhibition, so the choice of prints was restricted to those that could be exhibited at the Academy, and the notes accompanying each print are intended to guide the reader through that exhibition. Some of the criticisms the book has received seem to be based on the reader approaching the book as a stand alone publication, rather than an accompanying text to an event. When approached as an exhibition catalogue, it is an excellent resource, and although there is some repetition this is to be expected when you consider that the text was placed alongside the prints when they were put on display at the RA - visitors to an exhibition view each exhibit in isolation and can't view every catalogue entry to find all of the information they need to understand what's in front of them.