Hiroshige/Eisen, the Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido

Hiroshige/Eisen, the Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido

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Baker & Taylor
Drawn from the finest surviving edition, images are presented from Hiroshige and Eisen's manuscript of wood blocks displaying daily life in 19th century Japan. Includes commentary.

Book News
This text contains a full-color reproduction of the finest surviving edition of the manuscript produced by master Japanese artists Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) and Keisai Eisen (1790-1848). Containing 70 woodblock prints, the text makes Hiroshige and Eisen's portrait of daily life in 19th-century Japan available to Western viewers for the first time, as they travel from station to station through changing seasons, rural roads and country streets, on a journey that explores every stratum of a diverse society. An introduction to the material is provided by Sebastian Izzard, who has over 20 years of experience as an auction house specialist, appraiser and dealer in Japanese and Korean Art. He also supplies the commentary accompanying each plate, describing the station portrayed and discussing the plate's publication history and its survival down through the centuries. No subject index. Oversize: 14x10.5". Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Reproduced from the finest surviving edition of Hiroshige and Eisen's manuscript, this book offers an unforgettable portrait of daily life in 19th century Japan. Each plate teems with characters, from beggars and brawling men to boaters and finely clothed women; and the artists' gentle humor imbues each figure with remarkable, human vitality. Behind these travelers loom castles, cities and powerful waterfalls. Readers will travel from station to station through changing seasons, rural roads and city streets, on a journey that explores every stratum of a diverse society.
Commentary by art scholar and curator Sebastian Izzard, Ph.D. accompanies each image, offering new insights into the artists' processes, and into the survival of their work. Many of the wood blocks used in printing the original Sixty-Nine Stations changed radically over the years, and Izzard addresses the protean nature of each image. He describes the artwork's survival during the dramatic social shifts and economic hardship of Hiroshige and Eisen's time, urging an appreciation for its gradual evolution. This book tells the story of a landmark, two immortal artists, and an enduring masterpiece.

Publisher: New York : George Braziller Publisher, 2008
ISBN: 9780807615935
0807615935
Branch Call Number: 769.92 ANDO IZZAR
Characteristics: 159 pages : chiefly color illustrations, map ; 27 x 36 cm

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