Japanese Woodblock Prints (1680–1940) XXL
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Originating as a means of democratising art ownership in response to a broadening merchant class, Japanese woodcut printing rapidly evolved into a discipline of which there exists no Western equivalent. Spanning from the 17th-century development of ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world,” to the later resurgence of prints in the early 20th century, the images collected in this edition stand as an unmatched record of the shifting mores and cultural development of Japan.From famous masters like Katsushika Hokusai, whose “Under the Wave off Kanagawa” is arguably the single most well known piece of Japanese art, to more obscure printmakers, we encounter a range of subjects from the pastoral to the erotic, from the historical to the fantastic– all united by the technical mastery of their creators.
ISBN 9783836563369. TASCHEN.