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Japanese Prints (Taschen 25th Anniversary) Hardcover – 25 Sep 2007

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Product details

  • 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)

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"Un livre precieux, a faire partager." Maxi-livres, Paris"

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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I can't understand why no one has written a review for this book yet because it's wonderful. There is such a variety of prints. The Geisha and tea house scenes are delightful, some I recognised instantly while others were a pleasant discovery. There is also a large selection of prints of Actors from the Kabuki stage and many landscapes. I am so glad I purchased it and for a large hardbacked book with so many colourful prints it was very reasonably priced.
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My version of this book was published in 1994 and has “Mitate no Kinkō”, 1765, by Suzuki Harunobu [woman sitting on a large fish] on the front cover. The original German text has been translated by Michael Scuffil and picture commentaries are by Mitsunobu Satō, Yoshino Moriyama, Hideko Yamaguchi and Yuriko Iwakiri. The artist’s biographies have been written by Ingo F. Walther.

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.
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I wanted a book of Japanese prints particularly to see prints of people. This collection was wonderful with large images and good detail. Good text information on the art and artists too.
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This is yet another elegantly designed art book from Taschen, throughout which numerous, carefully chosen and beautifully reproduced illustrations illuminate an extremely comprehensive narrative.

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!
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a great book on the art of Japanese prints. A size in which you can appreciate the art work with good narrative and good quality reproductions, especially on the later prints which are the gems.
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This is a beautifully set out book. The photos are of very good reproduction.Gives a great insight onto Japanese life.
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