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Japanese Woodblock Prints (1680–1938)

Japanese Woodblock Prints (1680–1938)

$220.00

 From Edouard Manet's portrait of naturalist writer Emile Zola sitting among his Japanese art finds to Van Gogh's meticulous copies of the Hiroshige prints he devotedly collected, 19th-century pioneers of European modernism made no secret of their love of Japanese art. In all its sensuality, freedom, and effervescence, the woodblock print is single-handedly credited with the wave of japonaiserie that first enthralled France and, later, all of Europe-but often remains misunderstood as an "exotic" artifact that helped inspire Western creativity.

The fact is that the Japanese woodblock print is a phenomenon of which there exists no Western equivalent. Some of the most disruptive ideas in modern art-including, as Karl Marx put it, that "all that is solid melts into air"-were invented in Japan in the 1700s and expressed like never before in the designs of such masters as Hokusai, Utamaro, and Hiroshige in the early 19th century.

  •  Hardback | 622 pages
  •  290 x 395 x 76.2mm | 5,796g
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  •  Cologne, Germany
  •  English, French, German
  •  Multilingual edition
  •  Multilingual
  •  3836563363
  •  9783836563369


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