Beyond the Great Wave: The Japanese Landscape Print, 1727-1960

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Peter Lang, 2010 - Art - 232 pages
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The Japanese landscape print has had a tremendous influence on Western art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In Japan and in the West it is often seen as the dominant form in Ukiyo-e, pictures from the floating world. And yet for all its importance, it is a genre whose history has never been written. Beyond The Great Wave is a survey or overview for all those interested in discovering the inner dynamics of one of art history's most remarkable achievements. However, it is also a quest narrative, in which landscapes and notions of Japan as a homeland are intertwined and interconnected. Although there has never been a book-length study of the Japanese landscape print in either Japanese or English, a great deal has been written about the two giants of the genre, Hokusai and Hiroshige. From what traditions did these two nineteenth-century artists emerge? Who were their predecessors? What influence, if any, did they have on other Ukiyo-e artists? Can their influence be seen in the shin-hanga and sosaku-hanga artists of the twentieth century? This book addresses these issues, but it also looks at a number of other factors, such as the growth of tourism in nineteenth-century Japan, necessary for understanding this genre.
  

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Contents

Chinese Abstraction Japanese Reality
13
Ukiyoe Landscape Prints 17271830
39
Hokusai the Perfect Artist
62
Hiroshige the Perfect
83
Poetical Landscapes Meiji Illuminations
110
Shinhanga
129
Sosakuhanga
165
Endnotes
193
Glossary
203
Select Bibliography
213
Acknowledgements
221
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About the author (2010)

The Author: James King, Distinguished University Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at McMaster University, has been a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the co-author of Japanese Warrior Prints, 1646-1905.

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