Item description for Hiroshige: Japan's Great Landscape Artist by Isaburo Oka & Stanleigh H. Jones...
The last great master of the Japanese woodblock was Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). In the Japan of his day, Hiroshige's landscape prints fostered a new and far-reaching appreciation for nature in art. In the West, his work influenced such artists as Whistler, Cezanne, and Gauguin. Born in the shogun's capital of Edo (now Tokyo), Hiroshige lost his parents at a young age. Even so, he relinquished the security of his hereditary position as fire warden, and soon after began to study the art of the woodblock print (ukiyo-e) under Utagawa Toyohiro. Some seven or eight years later the maturing Hiroshige made his debut with an impressive set of illustrations for a volume of comic verses. Over the next twelve years or so, he went on to produce prints of Kabuki actors, historical figures, and beautiful women. The first work to demonstrate Hiroshige's genius in landscape was a series of ten prints on famous scenic spots in Edo, which was produced around 1831. The following year the artist managed to join an official procession to Kyoto, and in his travels along the great thoroughfare between Edo and Kyoto known as the Tokaido he found inspiration for his first masterpiece. The resultant series, "Fifty-three Stages of the Tokaido," secured his position as a landscape artist and provided him with the calling that was to occupy the rest of his life. Hiroshige's work not only altered the Japanese conception of nature and influenced painters the world over, but earned him a place among the great artists of the world. Hiroshige documents the mastery of this revered artist and presents his most famous prints in a large, deluxe format that makes abundantly clear Hiroshige's prodigious talent.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 9" Height: 12" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date May 31, 1997
Publisher Kodansha International
ISBN 4770021216 ISBN13 9784770021212
Availability 0 units.
More About Isaburo Oka & Stanleigh H. Jones
Born in Tokyo in 1914, ISABURO OKA graduated in art history from Tokyo University's School of Literature in 1941. Having served as the head of the fine arts division of the Tokyo National Research Institute of Cultural Properties and as the director of the Gunma Prefectural Museum of Modem Art, he is now trustee to the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art. Oka is the author of numerous publications in Japanese and is a co-author of The Decadents, a look at the work of more flamboyant woodblock artists.
Reviews - What do customers think about Hiroshige: Japan's Great Landscape Artist?
Love the full size pictures! Sep 18, 2004
I found the full size reproductions of many of the horizontal format prints wonderful. In the hardback edition, the centerfold was not too bothersome. The added detail, and the high quality of many of the impressions, made me see anew many prints I had seen in scaled-down reproductions. Though there are some chestnuts, there are also many less well-known prints, e.g. from views of Edo series and fan prints, that come off wonderfully. Text and comments on the prints are enjoyable, too. Even if you have other Hiroshige books, this one will probably add a dimension to your appreciation of his art.
Well... Jul 28, 2000
...not too bad for those who want a quick overview. Nothing for those who want to enjoy. Having a print enlarged on two pages does not add to its quality. It's just that the centerfold sort of gets in the way sometimes. I bought better books for less money. Biographical details and comments on the prints are o.k., though...