Japanese Prints

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Taschen, 2002 - Art - 200 pages
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Questo volume riproduce 139 stampe realizzate da 43 dei pių grandi maestri dell'arte ukiyo-e, una forma di arte popolare che si č sviluppata dal diciassettesimo al diciannovesimo secolo. Gli originali sono conservati al Riccar Art Museum di Tokyo, che possiede la pių grande e celebrata collezione di questo tipo di opere. Il saggio introduttivo č ad opera del curatore del Museo, Mitsunobu Sato. Annotation Supplied by Informazioni Editoriali

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Taschen's products have always impressed me. The high quality of these art books seems incongruous with their low prices, and most of them are expertly arranged and written. But this overview of the Ukiyo-e phenomenon is especially notable: every one of the exceptional print reproductions featured in this volume is accompanied by an excellent summary of the print's characteristics, as well as the technical, cultural and commercial circumstances in which it was created. This permits the reader to not only marvel at the exquisite, lively beauty of these prints, but to also learn more about the Edo-period culture in which they were first produced and appreciated.
An extensive glossary of technical terms and biographies of every artist whose works are featured here are included; in a pinch, these serve as excellent reference resources. Fahr-Becker's familiarity with Ukiyo-e is exhaustively thorough, almost intimate. If you only have enough space and money to purchase one book concerning the visual arts of the Tokugawa era, this is the one to buy.

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About the author (2002)

Gabriele Fahr-Becker studied art history, archaeology, and philosophy, and gained her doctorate from Munich University in 1970 with a thesis on Art Nouveau. She has published numerous books on turn-of-the-century art.

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