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Chikanobu: Modernity and Nostalgia in Japanese Prints [Hardcover]

Bruce Coats , Allen Hockley , Kyoko Jurita , Lisa Morrisette , Joshua Mostow

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14 Aug 2006
Two of Chikanobu's well known series of 50 prints each, Snow, Moon, Flowers (Setsugekka) and Eastern Brocades: Day and Night Compared (Azuma nishiki chuya kurabe) are illustrated in their entirety. And with over 270 full color illustrations, Chikanobu. Modernity and Nostalgia in Japanese Prints truly displays the richness of the intense Meiji print palette.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hotei Publishing,The Netherlands; 1 edition (14 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9074822886
  • ISBN-13: 978-9074822886
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 29 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 497,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...Coats's scholarly endeavor in introducing the heretofore relatively unresearched Chikanobu and his work is a significant, praiseworthy contribution to the field. Hiroko Johnson, College Art Association, Book Reviews.

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Chikanobu. Modernity and Nostalgia in Japanese Prints is the first monograph in English on the Meiji print artist Yoshu Chikanobu (1838-1912), well known for his depictions of women and scenes of Japanese history and legends. Author Bruce A. Coats presents a detailed overview of Chikanobus life and works, placed within the historical and artistic context of Meiji Japan, when its rapid modernization and westernization created an interest for old Japan among the Japanese and when the arts underwent significant changes as well. Essays by Bruce A. Coats, Allen Hockley, Kyoko Kurita and Joshua Mostow draw upon various topics related to Chikanobus work, such as Meiji literature and the heroic ethos in the late Meiji period. Works donated to the Scripps College collection form the core of the illustrative material. The images are accompanied by elaborate descriptions and in a number of cases compared with similar designs from other artists. Two of Chikanobus well known series of 50 prints each, Snow, Moon, Flowers (Setsugekka) and Eastern Brocades: Day and Night Compared (Azuma nishiki chuya kurabe) are illustrated in their entirety. And with over 270 full color illustrations, Chikanobu. Modernity and Nostalgia in Japanese Prints truly displays the richness of the intense Meiji print palette.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Snow, Moon, Flowers 13 Feb 2010
By Nahant Rocks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Chikanobu was a Japanese painter and print designer, active for 30 years from around 1875-1905. This book discusses examples of his prints across many themes - dramatic moments from kabuki plays; current events; warrior prints; famous women; Sino-Japanese war prints; timeless beauty... Prints by Chikanobu are easy to find at dealers or at auction; this book makes it clear what a prolific artist he was. After a well-written introductory/biography chapter with many illustrations, the prints are organized chronologically, giving a sense of how his work evolved. Early in the book (p.24, 25), readers can compare two very different approaches (1880 vs. 1898) to illustrating scenes from the play, Meiboku Sendai hagi. The magician Nikki Danjo (shown in the 1898 triptych) reappears on p.26 in an 1880 diptych from the same play. So - rich veins to explore here in a number of dimensions. Having a reference with images for the complete series of Snow, Moon Flowers (1884-1886) was the main reason I wanted the book, but I think the "side" learning about his other prints and print series mean even more to me today. This is the usual high quality effort that Hotei Publishing is known for - excellent value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fills the bill 8 Sep 2012
By Wray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you are a fan of Yoshu Chikanobu's (1838-1912) work, or interested in the Okiyo-e (the "floating world") era, this book is a good buy. Large format, terrific illustrations and informative text give a good account of the man and his work. One can watch his illustrations change as the Japanese culture became more and more exposed to the west. A good buy for anyone interested in learning about Japanese woodblock prints through the work of one of the 19th and early 20th century's best.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection. 10 Nov 2013
By David Rappoport - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bruce offers a great collection of this master ukiyoe artists work. Gives a translation of the kanji which is more than helpful. Truly a must-have for the collector of Japanese art.
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