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101 Great Samurai Prints (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) [Paperback]

Utagawa Kuniyoshi , John Grafton
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31 Oct 2008 Dover Fine Art, History of Art
One of the last great names in the Japanese ukiyo-e style, Kuniyoshi was an undisputed master of the warrior woodblock print — and these 18th-century illustrations represent the pinnacle of his craft. One hundred and one full-color portraits of renowned Japanese samurais pulse with movement, passion, and remarkably fine detail. Includes brief captions and a new introduction.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (31 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486465233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486465234
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 21.1 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Delivers exactly what it promises 18 Sep 2009
By Caramba
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This is a nice slim book showcasing 2 of Utagawa Kuniyoshi's (1797-1861) series of wood-block prints : Heroic biographies from the Tale Of Grand Pacification (50 prints); & The faithful samurai (51 prints).

The printing is nice & clear (on decent quality matte paper) each print taking a full page (nearly A4 size), with prints on both sides of each page. There is a short, 2 page introduction & a couple of lines of explanatory text for each print.

All the prints are as the title suggests, of samurai, some in full armour, some in battle, but most unarmoured, & some resting or preparing for battle.

Sadly the writing that fills the top section of each print is not translated (otherwise I'd give it 5 stars), but this is a nice affordable edition with some lovely prints of samurai.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an awesome book 28 Dec 2012
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this book is a great tribute to the artist utawaga Kuniyoshi. the book is beautifully set out, with a peice at the beggining about how a woodblock print is designed; with various seals from artists and authors. under each print is a description of the samurai portrayed, and a sentence or two deciphering the sybolic flowers or animals also shown. in most, there is a short story behind the character's background or what battle he is fighting in. a great book. i recommend this buy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 1 Jan 2012
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I agree with one of the other reviews that Japanese art is like no other and when it comes to depicting Samurai this book shows why. The illustrations are just so vivid and the expressions on the faces of these warriors is frightening and fascinating all at the same time. I particularly enjoyed looking at the illustrations of the 47 Ronin, those warriors who have become almost mythical. I think this would be a great addition to anyones library who is interested in Japan, Japanese art and of course Samurai.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great prints, cruddy book 18 Aug 2011
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Disapointing book - unfortunately this is one of very few English publications of the great Kuniyoshi (always overlooked in favour of Hokusai or Hiroshige), and it is a slim, cheaply reproduced volume on paper barely better than a quality magazine. I guess we are spoiled by Taschen's basic art series, but I wish they would do a volume of Kuniyoshi.

The prints are great, but as the title suggests, they are limited to Samurai themes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Samurai Prints 2 Oct 2009
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As a long time collector of Stephen Turnbull's excellent Samurai history books, this adds something by another author that has been missing. This is a wonderful addition. As a Wargamer who likes his figures to be historically accurate, these pages are a superb reference work, and at a very reasonable price.
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