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Hokusai
     

Hokusai

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by Matthi Forrer, Rizzoli
 

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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.
Christopher Schoppa
…splendid…The reproductions here are glorious, done on matte pages with the feel of rice paper, and bound so readers can open the broad pages to get the full effect of a truly remarkable artist.
—The Washington Post
Library Journal
Supremely prolific and marvelously inventive, Hokusai, one of Japan's most famous artists, has left a body of work comprising almost 30,000 items. This volume, designed as a catalog to accompany an exhibition in London, gives us an overview of 13 drawings and 151 woodblock prints representing landscapes, amorous couplings, kabuki actors, and scenes of daily life in 18th-century Japan. Although the biographical introduction is short, each artwork has an ample explication to place it in the context of Japanese society and Hokusai's oeuvre. The superb quality of the color reproduction on acid-free paper makes this an excellent complement to Richard Lane's more comprehensive Hokusai: Life and Works (Dutton, 1989). Recommended for all libraries.-- David McClelland, Temple Univ. Lib., Philadelphia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847809899
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
12/15/1988
Edition description:
Text in French
Pages:
384

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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