Art of Edo Japan: The Artist and the City 1615-1868

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Yale University Press, 2010 - Art - 176 pages
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This beautifully illustrated survey examines the art and artists of the Edo period, one of the great epochs in Japanese art. Together with the imperial city of Kyoto and the port cities of Osaka and Nagasaki, the splendid capital city of Edo (now Tokyo) nurtured a magnificent tradition of painting, calligraphy, printmaking, ceramics, architecture, textile work, and lacquer. As each city created its own distinctive social, political, and economic environment, its art acquired a unique flavor and aesthetic. Author Christine Guth focuses on the urban aspects of Edo art, including discussions of many of Japan’s most popular artists—Korin, Utamaro, and Hiroshige, among others—as well as those that are lesser known, and provides a fascinating look at the cities in which they worked.

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User Review  - jburlinson - LibraryThing

Beautiful little survey, touching on all the important topics: painting, calligraphy, printmaking, ceramics, architecture, textiles and lacquer. Intelligent commentary. What to criticize? Well, the font size in the index is awfully small. Read full review

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ONE The Artist and the City
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The Castle Town 24 Urban Culture 28 The Urban Artist
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About the author (2010)

Christine Guth is an independent scholar. Her books include Japan & Paris: Impressionism, Postimpressionism, and the Modern Era; Longfellow's Tattoos: Tourism, Collecting, and Japan; and Art, Tea, and Industry.

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