Newsletter   Secure Checkout   Shopping Cart (0 Items)  
Search:    Welcome Guest! Save up to 30-40% on most items with our awesome everyday discounts!

Hokusai: Genius of the Japanese Ukiyo-e [Paperback]

By Seiji Nagata & John Bester (Translator)
Our Price $ 17.50  
Retail Value $ 25.00  
You Save $ 7.50  (30%)  
Item Number 213604  
Buy New $17.50
Out Of Stock!
Currently Out Of Stock
Currently unavailable...

Item description for Hokusai: Genius of the Japanese Ukiyo-e by Seiji Nagata & John Bester...

Hokusai is perhaps the Asian artist best known in the West. His influence has extended from the Impressionists to later modern art and even to commercial design. A few of his works are so frequently reproduced that they are almost as familiar as the face of the Mona Lisa. Yet the "Great Wave" and the "Red Fuji" from the Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji represent only a tiny action of Hokusai's output. The pages of the Sketches, with their teeming humanity and their boundless interest in the details of everyday life, give only a small idea of his true scope. Hokusai's life was characterized by a prodigious energy and productivity that continued to the end of his ninth decade; his output comprises a correspondingly broad variety of genres and styles. Despite this, it is still not sufficiently realized just how great is the range, and how many masterpieces it includes.
The bold compositions and the grasp of essentials seen in the Thirty-six Views find their counterpart in the masterly monochromes of the One Hundred views of Mt. Fuji. Against the daring simplifications of these works may be set the elaborate refinement and delicacy seen in many of the surimono prints and books of illustrated verse. The brilliant coloring and decorative qualities of Hokusai's brush paintings of beautiful women and legendary subjects are rivalled by the unsurpassed skill in ink drawing found in the best of his book illustrations, some of which are masterpieces in their own right.
Even the flower-and-bird series and the albums of sketches from life, which might seem to represent essentially minor genres, provide at their best a sense of color and inventiveness of composition that rival those of Hokusai's landscapes. On the oilier hand, the interest in human beings and in genre subjects is not confined to the Sketches and some of the Thirty-six Views, but is apparent again and again in the art manuals, the book illustrations, and even in a late print series such as the Nurse's Illustrated Hyakunin Isshu.
There are religious pictures and pictures of children and sumo wrestlers; experiments with Western perspective and with various combinations of style, whether Japanese, Chinese, or Western; moods ranging from the elegant to the earthy, from the lightly fanciful to the heavily grotesque. Even in his very last years, Hokusai's unflagging energy was taking him into new realms reaching beyond the ukiyo-e proper.
The aim of this work is to present a more balanced picture of Hokusai's achievement, a selection ranging over the whole oeuvre that will give some idea of the strength, the delicacy, and the fabulous inventive powers of this truly universal genius of the ukiyo-e.

Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at!

Item Specifications...

Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9" Height: 12"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 15, 2000
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770024797  
ISBN13  9784770024794  

Availability  0 units.

More About Seiji Nagata & John Bester

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! SEIJI NAGATA (1951- ) is at present vice director and curator-in-chief of the Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Tokyo. In 1990, he established the Katsushika Hokusai Museum of Art in Tsuwano, Shimane Prefecture. His principal published works include (in Japanese) surveys of various aspects of Hokusai's
art, The Hokusai Museum (five vols., 1990), and Essays on Katsushika Hokusai (1994).

Are You The Artisan or Author behind this product?
Improve our customers experience by registering for an Artisan Biography Center Homepage.

Product Categories

1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Regional > Asian
3Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Schools, Periods & Styles
4Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Artists, A-Z > ( G-I ) > Hokusai
5Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Artists, A-Z > General
6Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Graphic Design > Printmaking
7Books > Subjects > History > Asia > Japan
8Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Crafts & Hobbies > General
9Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Crafts & Hobbies > Printmaking

Reviews - What do customers think about Hokusai: Genius of the Japanese Ukiyo-e?

Be the first to write a review about Hokusai: Genius of the Japanese Ukiyo-e

Ask A Question or Provide Feedback regarding Hokusai: Genius of the Japanese Ukiyo-e

Item Feedback and Product Questions
For immediate assistance call 888.395.0572 during the hours of 10am thru 8pm EST Monday thru Friday and a customer care representative will be happy to help you!

Help us continuously improve our service by reporting your feedback or questions below:

I have a question regarding this product
The information above is incorrect or conflicting
The page has misspellings or incorrect grammar
The page did not load correctly in my browser or created an error.

Email Address:
Anti Spam Question. To combat spammers we require that you answer a simple question.
What color is the sky?
Leave This Blank :
Do Not Change This Text :

Add This Product Widget To Your Website

Looking to add this information to your own website? Then use our Product Widget to allow you to display product information in a frame that is 120 pixels wide by 240 pixels high.

    Copy and paste the following HTML into your website and enjoy!

Order toll-free weekdays 10am thru 10pm EST by phone: 1-888-395-0572 (Lines are closed on holidays & weekends.)
Customer Service | My Account | Track My Orders | Return Policy | Request Free Catalog | Email Newsletter

Gift Certificates
RSS Feeds
About Us
Contact Us
Terms Of Use
Privacy Policy