- Hardcover: 200 pages
- Publisher: Taschen GmbH; Taschen's 25th anniversary ed edition (25 Sept. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3822835099
- ISBN-13: 978-3822835098
- Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 2.1 x 30.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Japanese Prints (Taschen 25th Anniversary) Hardcover – 25 Sep 2007
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
In the books 200 pages there 130 woodblock colour prints by 43 artists encompassing three centuries of Japanese woodblock printmaking. These are shown as full- and half-page plates. The originals are part of the holding at the Riccar Art Museum in Tokyo that has the world’s largest collection of such prints. There are two essays illustrated in colour and black and white. The first is a general introduction to Japanese woodblock prints, ‘Ukiyo-e – Origins and History’ by Mitsunobu Satō, the Curator of the Riccar Art Museum, and the second, ‘Cherry - Wood - Blossom’ by Thomas Zacharias, which considers the technique, content and style of Japanese prints and their influence on European fin-de-siècle art.
Zacharius emphasises that it was the opening up of trade with Japan in 1853 that began the process by which Japonism began to influence Western art through its effect and impact on artists such as Degas, van Gogh, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Schiele and Klimt, and on to, and beyond, Art Nouveau.
Following the colour plates and associated commentaries, there is a Glossary of Technical terms, ranging from ‘Abuna-e’ [Erotic images and scenes of pairs of lovers] to ‘Za’ [Theatre], Biographies of Artists and a Bibliography. Hishikawa Moronobu, 1625-94, generally considered to be the artist who first produced ukiyo-e prints, is represented by “Young Couple”, undated.Read more ›
In 'Japanese Prints', this format ensures that the reader not only learns about the artists and gains an understanding of the creative processes involved in the creation of these gorgeous prints, but also obtains an insight into the social and political structure of the Japanese society of the time. A very interesting book and highly recommended!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful artwork and extremely well presented. Although I have not read it I have gained inspiration from the prints for my own art work.Published 6 months ago by Obi-Wan
This a a classic review of about the Ukiyo-e in Edo period.which covers prints housed in Japan. It provides a rare view of these beautiful old objects outside the museum with a... Read morePublished 21 months ago by firstname.lastname@example.org
I love Japanese art, and this book portrays just this, great book for those who love art, please try this bookPublished on 12 Oct. 2013 by mike