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THE PRINTED IMAGE The Flowering of Japan's Wood Block Print Culture

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THE PRINTED IMAGE The Flowering of Japan's Wood Block Print Culture

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Recommended. By Matthi Forrer. The Printed Image offers a chance to discover Japan’s groundbreaking woodblock printing culture through 348 full color images. Cologne’s Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst has been collecting Japanese woodblock prints and books for more than 100 years, and this publication brings together the best of its holdings in a major new survey of the art form. With a massive 400 pages, all genres are explored: Geisha, Risque, Theatre, Landscapes, Wind & Rain, Nature, Legend, Ghosts and the Supernatural. Fine large reproduction.

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The Printed Image offers a chance to discover Japan’s groundbreaking woodblock printing culture through 348 full color images. Cologne’s Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst has been collecting Japanese woodblock prints and books for more than 100 years, and this publication brings together the best of its holdings in a major new survey of the art form. With a massive 400 pages, all genres are explored: Geisha, Risque, Theatre, Landscapes, Wind & Rain, Nature, Legend, Ghosts and the Supernatural. Fine large reproduction.

From the hand-colored prints of the 18th century to the famous depictions of the pleasure quarter and kabuki theater, from Meiji-era illustrations of the Sino-Japanese War to the modern “new woodblock print” of the early 20th century, the Japanese woodblock print married technological and formal innovation in a uniquely accessible form. The Japanese colored woodblock print is among the most familiar and popular East Asian art forms in the West, thanks to the 19th-century fashion for all things Japanese—a fashion which brought about a huge transformation in Western art.

Within Japan, the impact was just as significant. The perfection of the Japanese woodblock print—a truly popular art—was not only a technical and economic feat, but also set off a cultural and social revolution. It could convey images of all kinds, at low cost, to a demanding public hungry for information and enjoyment. It was the medium of a new, modern information culture.

Essays examine Publishers of Prints and Their Audience, Illustrated Books as Diverse as their Audience, Dating of Books and Prints, and Real and Fake, and Facsimile.

Also examined is Western Influence in Landscape Prints, The Final Days of the Edo Period, Calendar Prints, Comic Work, Wrestlers in Prints, Memorial Prints for Actors, Prints of Beautiful Women and, as mentioned above, the world of the Geisha is explored in Ukiyoe-The Floating City, one of the most popular themes explored in woodblock prints.

Preface by Adele Schlombs.

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Item Code PRIMH
Publisher Walther König Verlag
Publish Date 2018
ISBN 9783960982562
Binding Hard Cover
Dimensions 10x12
# Pages 400pg
Color Full Color
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