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A guide to Japanese prints and their subject matter

Author: Basil Stewart
Publisher: New York : Dover Publications, 1979.
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"Ukiyoye means pictures of the floating or passing world; the school of Japanese popular color prints known by this name flourished in thousands of prints by hundreds of artists over a relatively brief period c. 1760-1825. Since then the prints, originally considered vulgar and sold for pennies on the streets, have gained fame as the medium of Hokusai, Hiroshige and others, whose glimpses of Japanese life in  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Basil Stewart
ISBN: 0486238091 9780486238098
OCLC Number: 6085707
Notes: Reprint of the 1922 edition published by Dutton, New York, under title: Subjects portrayed in Japanese colour-prints.
Description: xvi, 381 pages, [83] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: How colour-prints were produced --
On the formation and care of a collection --
Forgeries, imitation, and reprints --
Artists of the Ukiyoye School --
Artists of the Ukiyoye School (continued) --
Hokusai and Hiroshige --
Characteristics of Japanese drawing --
Classification of subjects --
The fifty-three stations of the Tokaido --
The stations of the Tokaido (continued) --
The stations of the Kisokaido --
The thirty-six views of Fuji --
Famous series of prints by Hokusai --
Further series by Hokusai and pupils --
Landscape series (oblong) by Hiroshige --
Various series of Hak'kei, or "eight views" --
"Provinces" series by Hiroshige and Hiroshige II --
"Hundred famous views of Yedo" --
Figure-studies: courtesans and Geisha --Origin and development of the Japanese theatre and its plays --
Theatrical prints and their designers --
The Katsukawa School --
The Utagawa School --
Japanese Plays: the Chushingura --
The drama of the Chushingura (continued) --
The drama of the Chushingura (continued) --
Hiroshige's illustrations of the Chushingura (continued) --
The Chushingura by artists of the Katsukawa and Utagawa Schools --
The Chushingura, by Kunisada and pupils --
Chushingura "brother pictures" --
The Sugawara tragedy --
Historical prints by Hiroshige --
Dramatic and historical series (continued) --
Biography and miscellaneous subjects.
Other Titles: Subjects portrayed in Japanese colour-prints
Responsibility: by Basil Stewart.
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"Ukiyoye means pictures of the floating or passing world; the school of Japanese popular color prints known by this name flourished in thousands of prints by hundreds of artists over a relatively brief period c. 1760-1825. Since then the prints, originally considered vulgar and sold for pennies on the streets, have gained fame as the medium of Hokusai, Hiroshige and others, whose glimpses of Japanese life in landscape and theatrical scenes have influenced the greatest western artists. In 1922 the English art collector and connoisseur Basil Stewart published his definitive discourse on this passing world. In discursive essays of unsurpassed acumen and charm, and in hundreds of illustrations, he amply demonstrated his prefatory remark that "an intelligent study of the subjects and scenes they illustrate will tell us more of the life, history, and character of Japan in the days when it was a closed book to the rest of the world, than any number of pages pf print." A Guide to Japanese Prints and Their Subject Matter brings back into print Stewart's immense knowledge of and feeling for Japanese culture as seen through Ukiyoye. First published in a limited edition now extremely rare, Stewart's comprehensive, detailed coverage of innumerable prints provides today's collectors with the necessary means of identifying artists (many artists borrowed the name of their master) and verifying authenticity. The analysis of the typical themes and motifs of the multicolored woodcut prints brings the student and interested reader into the Japan depicted for the masses of theater-goers, workers and city dwellers who constituted the artists' audience." -- Publisher's description

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