A visual history of Japanese masterpieces
From ’s portrait of naturalist writer sitting among his Japanese art finds to ’s meticulous copies of the Hiroshige prints he devotedly collected, 19th-century pioneers of European modernism made no secret of their love of Japanese art. In all its , the woodblock print is single-handedly credited with the wave of that first enthralled France and, later, all of Europe—but often remains.
The fact is that the Japanese woodblock print is a phenomenon of which . Some of —including, as Karl Marx put it, that “all that is solid melts into air”—and expressed like never before in the designs of such masters as in the early 19th century.
This volume, , lifts the veil on a by presenting the in their historical context. Ranging from the , or “pictures of the floating world,” to the decline and later resurgence of prints in the , the images collected in this edition make up .
From mystical mountains to snowy passes, samurai swordsmen to sex workers in shop windows, each piece is explored as a work of art in its own right, behind the motifs. We discover the four pillars of the woodblock print——alongside depictions of—rock stars who populated the “floating world” and whose fan bases fueled the frenzied production of woodblock prints. We delve into the horrifying and the obscure in prints where —stunning images that continue to influence Japanese manga, film, and video games to this day. We witness how, in their incredible breadth, from , these works are united by the and how, with tremendous ingenuity and tongue-in-cheek wit, publishers and artists alike fought to circumvent government censorship.
- Andreas Marks
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