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Art of Edo Japan: The Artist and the City 1615-1868 (Perspectives) [Paperback]

Christine Guth


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1 Jan 1998 Perspectives
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 flavour 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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`A useful and readable introduction to the painters and print artists of this prolific period in Japanese Art.'
--Sir Hugh Cortazzi, Japan Society Review, 6th August 2010

`Guth's finest work to date...an excellent introduction to the period which manages to be thorough, knowledgeable, and clear.' --Alison Clifton, M/C Reviews Australia, 21st October 2010 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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'. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and tons pictures 18 Jun 2012
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If you're looking for a book that is a overview of the Edo period's history and art; this is a great book. Some parts reminded me of reading a textbook, which is my only complaint. The pictures of varying art styles are detailed and plentiful. The book starts with a historical overview than divides into the different regions of art during the period. And the back has a handy timeline of historical events divided by region. Very useful and interesting.
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