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Edo: Images of a City Between Visual Poetry and Idealized Reality. One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

TREDE, MELANIE

Published by Taschen, 2010
ISBN 10: 3836521202 / ISBN 13: 9783836521208
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Title: Edo: Images of a City Between Visual Poetry ...

Publisher: Taschen

Publication Date: 2010

Book Condition: Fine

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Japanese style binding, softcovers, with folding chemise like box. Illustrated in colour throughout. A fine copy in a fine box. Bookseller Inventory # 22161

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Synopsis: Views of 19th century Tokyo: Images of a city between visual poetry and idealized reality   "This luxurious Japanese bound boxed publication transcends the coffee table cliché by combining beauty with information." ART news Magazine, New York

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 sets of woodblock prints belonging to the Ota Memorial Museum of Art in Tokyo.

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 "One Hundred 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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Hiroshige's Edo: Masterful ukiyo-e woodblock prints of Tokyo in the mid-19th century
"Stunning woodblock prints, beautifully reproduced.? Elle Décor, New York

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 sets of woodblock prints belonging to the Ota Memorial Museum of Art in Tokyo.

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 "One Hundred 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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