Año de publicación: 1988
Condición del libro: Fine
Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine
The master printmaker, draftsman, and painter Hokusai (1760-1849) ranks as the most familiar of the artists of ukiyoe. While the "Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji" and other works have been reprinted many times, this is the most complete monograph of the artist to appear in English. Hokusai documented the burgeoning merchant city of Edo (modern-day Tokyo) during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, portraying the actors, poets, and courtesans of the city, as well as the pilgrims and refugees of the surrounding countryside. Although popular among his contemporaries for most of his life, Hokusai fell from favor in his final years but was saved from oblivion by the popularity of Japanese fashion among European artistic circles. Matthi Forrer provides a complete account of all of the major phases of Hokusai's long and exceptionally prolific career, describing in detail the printing and publishing practices of the time and elucidating the many unusual formats of the artist's work. With near 500 images, the book examines his prints, albums, and book illustrations, as well as his more famous drawings and paintings. Chronologies of the artist's activities are included as well as a guide to his 66 changes of name. This volume also contains the celebrated writing of Edmond de Goncourt - never before available in English - that provided the first full-length study of Hokusai in any language. This French 19th century aesthetician roamed Paris at a time when that city's artistic, literary, and theatrical activity bore a striking similarity to Hokusai's Edo milieu. Here Goncourt's text is reprinted integrally, parallel with Forrer's text and the illustrations. Matthi Forrer, curator of the Japanese Department of the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden Holland, has published several books on the arts of Japan.From Library Journal:
This large, lavishly illustrated book chronicles the long career of Hokusai, the late 18th- and early 19th-century Japanese artist well known in the West for his paintings and woodblock prints. Included are a 19th-century French text on Hokusai by Edmond de Goncourt and a modern text by Dutch museum curator Forrer, which restates, amplifies, or corrects de Goncourt's information. The two texts, printed in different typefaces, are intercut for an unusual effect. De Goncourt's text is the livelier of the two, but Forrer has the benefit of subsequent Hokusai scholarship. Appended scholarly aids such as chronologies and lists of Hokusai's name changes and major pupils will best serve the needs of specialists, but the illustrations will be captivating to a wide audience and the texts, if a bit cumbersome, are still accessible to general readers.
- Kathryn W. Finkelstein, M.Ln., Cincinnati
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