Ando Hiroshige : Master of Japanese Ukiyo-e Woodblock Prints Paperback
Part of the Taschen Basic Art Series series
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) was one of the last great artists in the ukiyo-e tradition.
Literally meaning "pictures of the floating world", ukiyo-e refers to the famous Japanese woodblock print genre that originated in the 17th century and is practically synonymous with the Western world's visual characterization of Japan.
Though Hiroshige captured a variety of subjects, his greatest talent was in creating landscapes of his native Edo (modern-day Tokyo) and his most famous work was a series known as "100 Famous Views of Edo" (1856-1858).
This book provides an introduction to his work and an overview of his career.Available in over 20 languages, Tachen's "Basic Art series" offers budget-minded readers quality books on the greatest artists of all time.
The neat, slick format and nice price tag make "Basic Art" books perfect for collecting.Every book in the "Basic Art series" features: a detailed chronological summary of the artist's life and work, covering the cultural and historical importance of the artist; approximately 100 color illustrations with explanatory captions; and, a concise biography.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 96 pages, col. Illustrations
- Publisher: Taschen GmbH
- Publication Date: 30/10/2007
- Category: Oriental art
- ISBN: 9783822851647
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Review by dr_zirk
This is a great brief introduction to the life and works of Hiroshige. The presentation is unusual, in that it consists of a series of short essays that are not directly linked to each other. Nonetheless, the cumulative weight of both the words and images included in this volume gives the reader a great overview of who Hiroshige was and what he accomplished with his stellar color prints of Japanese landscapes and people.