The author focuses on the urban aspects of Edo art, including discussions of many of Japan's most popular artists - Korin, Utamaro and Hiroshige, among others.
Author: Christine Guth
This survey examines the art and artists of the Edo period, one of the great epochs in Japanese art. The author focuses on the urban aspects of Edo art, including discussions of many of Japan's most popular artists - Korin, Utamaro and Hiroshige, among others.
"--BOOK JACKET. . . . A significant contribution to the field of Japanese art history. Pacific Affairs This is a welcome addition to the literature in English on aspects of artistic practice in Japan. Monumenta Nipponica"
Author: Melinda Takeuchi
Publisher: Stanford University Press
"The book also addresses issues of canon formation: by what complex process are some artists and objects singled out to communicate rhetorical or aesthetic meaning while others lapse into the background."--BOOK JACKET.
Bunkō's truth was certainly sensationalist, but within his account of Itchō's life, we
find an early example of the modern myth of the artist in Japan. Through his
participation in Edo haikai circles, Bunkō was in a position not only to gain ...
Author: Miriam Wattles
In The Life and Afterlives of Hanabusa Itchō, Miriam Wattles reveals many facets of a forgotten artist of the Edo period. Infamous for being exiled, in later generations he became a symbol for a subtly subversive potential for art.
The life of the artist Hiroshige spans the last years of the Edo period, and his work provides one of the most engaging records of the life of the city--a treasury of several thousand images filled with animation and gentle humor, in which ...
The front view of Izumi - ya and Masu - ya at Shiba Shinmei - mae in Edo shows
us the trend of Sôshi ( popular illustrated fiction ) and Ukiyo - e print , both of
which were the most familiar media to the common people in those days . In
A sweeping and lavishly illustrated overview of a transformative period in Japanese art-making
Author: Rachel Saunders
Publisher: Harvard Art Museums
A sweeping and lavishly illustrated overview of a transformative period in Japanese art-making Japan's Edo period (1615-1868) witnessed the arrival of peace after centuries of warfare, together with economic prosperity, population growth, and increased urbanization. The arts of the period flourished, reflecting and inflecting these fertile conditions. Painting Edo: Selections from the Feinberg Collection of Japanese Art explores this rich visual culture, highlighting works from an unparalleled collection to showcase the masters of various Edo schools and lineages. Beautiful illustrations punctuate the catalogue's essays: Yukio Lippit situates the works within a broad cultural history of early modern Japan, and Rachel Saunders focuses on a single artist, offering fresh perspectives on the late "bird-and-flower paintings" of Sakai Hōitsu. Together, these essays unpack the literary, artistic, and cultural histories that form the basis for how these masterful works would have been received in their time--and for how we can best understand them today. Acomplete catalogue of the Feinberg Collection will be published in July 2020.
... EDO'S POPULAR LITERATURE The producers and consumers of Edo popular
literature shared an awareness of art as commodity. Comical and popular writing
was not taken seriously, and claiming authorship never occurred to the artists ...
Author: Sumie Jones
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Category: Literary Criticism
During the eighteenth century, Edo (today’s Tokyo) became the world’s largest city, quickly surpassing London and Paris. Its rapidly expanding population and flourishing economy encouraged the development of a thriving popular culture. Innovative and ambitious young authors and artists soon began to look beyond the established categories of poetry, drama, and prose, banding together to invent completely new literary forms that focused on the fun and charm of Edo. Their writings were sometimes witty, wild, and bawdy, and other times sensitive, wise, and polished. Now some of these high spirited works, celebrating the rapid changes, extraordinary events, and scandalous news of the day, have been collected in an accessible volume highlighting the city life of Edo. Edo’s urban consumers demanded visual presentations and performances in all genres. Novelties such as books with text and art on the same page were highly sought after, as were kabuki plays and the polychrome prints that often shared the same themes, characters, and even jokes. Popular interest in sex and entertainment focused attention on the theatre district and “pleasure quarters,” which became the chief backdrops for the literature and arts of the period. Gesaku, or “playful writing,” invented in the mid-eighteenth century, satirized the government and samurai behavior while parodying the classics. These entertaining new styles bred genres that appealed to the masses. Among the bestsellers were lengthy serialized heroic epics, revenge dramas, ghost and monster stories, romantic melodramas, and comedies that featured common folk. An Edo Anthology offers distinctive and engaging examples of this broad range of genres and media. It includes both well-known masterpieces and unusual examples from the city’s counterculture, some popular with intellectuals, others with wider appeal. Some of the translations presented here are the first available in English and many are based on first editions. In bringing together these important and expertly translated Edo texts in a single volume, this collection will be warmly welcomed by students and interested readers of Japanese literature and popular culture.
This book was published to celebrate the first major Australian exhibition of ukiyo-e art (images of the 'floating world'), held at the National Gallery in 1998.
Author: Gary Hickey
Category: Art, Japanese
This book was published to celebrate the first major Australian exhibition of ukiyo-e art (images of the 'floating world'), held at the National Gallery in 1998. Under the headings of 'Low city', 'High city', 'Men as women', 'Embracing desire', 'Pleasure town' and 'Beauty and violence', the book traces the development of ukiyo-e style from decorative and poetic works to explicit, powerfully charged erotic ones over the period from 1600 to 1868. It features prints, paintings, screens and costumes.
In this book Julie Nelson Davis makes a close study of selected print sets, and by drawing on a wide range of period sources reinterprets Utamaro in the context of his times.
Author: Julie Nelson Davis
Publisher: Julie Nelson Davis
One of the most influential artists working in the genre of ukiyo-e ("pictures of the floating world") in late-eighteenth-century Japan, Kitagawa Utamaro (1753?-1806) was widely appreciated for his prints of beautiful women. In images showing courtesans, geisha, housewives, and others, Utamaro made the practice of distinguishing social types into a connoisseurial art. In 1804, at the height of his success, Utamaro, along with several colleagues, was manacled and put under house arrest for fifty days for making prints of the military ruler Toyotomi Hideyoshi enjoying the pleasures of the "floating world." The event put into stark relief the challenge that popular representation posed to political authority and, according to some sources, may have precipitated Utamaro's sudden decline. In this book Julie Nelson Davis makes a close study of selected print sets, and by drawing on a wide range of period sources reinterprets Utamaro in the context of his times. Reconstructing the place of the ukiyo-e artist within the world of the commercial print market, she demonstrates how Utamaro's images participated in the economies of entertainment and desire in the city of Edo (modern-day Tokyo). Offering a new approach to issues of the status of the artist and the construction of identity, gender, sexuality, and celebrity in the Edo period, Utamaro and the Spectacle of Beauty is a significant contribution to the field and a key work for readers interested in Japanese art and culture.
(I803~53), a fact that distinguishes Osaka actor print culture from Edo's where
most ukiyo-e artists were professional ... their woodblock-printed images were
produced through the collaboration of the artist, woodblock carvers, and printers,
Author: Frank L. Chance
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Gilbert Luber and his wife, Shirley, took their first trip to Japan in the early 1970s to celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. While there, they fell in love with both antique and contemporary woodblock prints. Upon returning home, their interest quickly grew into an obsession, then a profession. Gilbert began an in-depth study of Japanese prints, and he and his wife returned to Japan the following year to purchase more. Annual trips to collect prints led to the opening in 1975 of the Luber Gallery in Philadelphia, the first gallery in the city to show the works of Japanese artists. Their annual purchasing trips continued for twenty years, and the Luber Gallery continued to flourish until Gilbert's death in 1999. This catalogue, produced in conjunction with an exhibition at the University of Pennsylvania's Arthur Ross Gallery, highlights masterworks from Luber's stellar collection of nineteenth-century actor prints and images by the Osaka artist Natori Shunsen (1886-1960), a master of the Shin Hanga, or "new print." These prints were designed to appeal to the collector and, by using the most exquisite techniques in the medium, emphasized the dramatic expression achieved by kabuki's most celebrated practitioners. Dramatic Impressions is the first scholarly study that considers the ways these works were produced, appreciated, and collected, offering a new approach to the topic of actor prints. The three essays in the catalogue take up issues specific to the collection and relevant to the study of Japanese woodblock prints. They also make significant contributions to the fields of collecting, Osaka prints, Shin Hanga, and, as a group, they offer a new approach to the reception and history of the Japanese woodblock print. In reproducing in full color the works featured in the exhibition, Dramatic Impressions: Japanese Theatre Prints from the Gilbert Luber Collection offers the reader a handsome visual guide to the genre.
He argues that Koryusai excelled by the most significant measure -- he was a highly successful creator of popular commodities. Employing an "active audience" model, Hockley reshapes the study of ukiyo-e as a.
Author: Allen Hockley
Publisher: University of Washington Press
He may very well be the most productive artist of the eighteenth century. Refuting outmoded paradigms of connoisseurship and challenging the assumptions of conventional print scholarship, Allen Hockley elevates this important figure from the status of a minor Edo-period artist. He argues that Koryusai excelled by the most significant measure -- he was a highly successful creator of popular commodities. Employing an "active audience" model, Hockley reshapes the study of ukiyo-e as a.
Designed for Pleasure is a dazzling probe of Japan's famous "floating world" of spectacle and entertainment.
Author: John T. Carpenter
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Designed for Pleasure is a dazzling probe of Japan's famous "floating world" of spectacle and entertainment. From luxury paintings of the pleasure qurters to Hokusai's iconic "Red Fugi," Designed for Pleasure presents a focused examinatin of the priod's fascinating networks of art, literature, and fashion, proving that the artists and the publishers and patrons who engaged them not only morrored the tastes of their energetic times, they created a unifying cultural legacy. Contributors include John T. Carpenter, Timothy Clark, Julie Nelson Davis, Allen Hockley, Donald Jenkins, David Pollack, Sarah E. Thompson, and David Boyer Waterhouse.
Filled with graphic puns and caricatures, these entertaining works will appeal to the general reader as well as to the more experienced student of Japanese cultural history.
Author: Adam L. Kern
Publisher: Harvard Univ Council on East Asian
Manga from the Floating World is the first full-length study in English of the kibyôshi, a genre of sophisticated pictorial fiction widely read in late-eighteenth-century Japan. By combining analysis of the socioeconomic and historical milieus in which the genre was produced and consumed with three annotated translations of works by major author-artist Santô Kyôden (1761-1816) that closely reproduce the experience of encountering the originals, Adam Kern offers a sustained close reading of the vibrant popular imagination of the mid-Edo period. The kibyôshi, Kern argues, became an influential form of political satire that seemed poised to transform the uniquely Edoesque brand of urban commoner culture into something more, perhaps even a national culture, until the shogunal government intervened. Based on extensive research using primary sources in their original Edo editions, the volume is copiously illustrated with rare prints from Japanese archival collections. It serves as an introduction not only to the kibyôshi but also to the genre's readers and critics, narratological conventions, modes of visuality, format, and relationship to the modern Japanese comicbook (manga) and to the popular literature and wit of Edo. Filled with graphic puns and caricatures, these entertaining works will appeal to the general reader as well as to the more experienced student of Japanese cultural history.
Many of these works - drawn from international private and museum collections - are reproduced here for the first time.
Author: Chris Uhlenbeck
Publisher: Hotei Publishing
Japanese Erotic Fantasies: Sexual Imagery of the Edo Period. Japanese Erotic Fantasies presents over 200 images, principally from the Edo period but also from the following Meiji era. Many of these works - drawn from international private and museum collections - are reproduced here for the first time. The catalogue is introduced by an essay from Chris Uhlenbeck which examines the history, meaning, function and market concerns of shunga. Ellis Tinios examines the facets of male-male sex in shunga imagery and the morphology of erotic books. Cecilia Segawa Seigle uses poetic and literary traditions to elaborate upon the relationship between shunga and women of the Yoshiwara pleasure quarter, and in a second shorter essay Seigle describes what a visit to the quarter would entail. Margarita Winkel considers the similarities and differences between sexually explicit illustrated books and gesaku literature. This is followed by a fully illustrated catalogue divided into six sections, each of which are prefaced by a brief introduction. Two short pieces on the sex shop Yotsumeya by Margarita Winkel and the genius of the Meiji artist Kawanabe Kyosai by Oikawa Shigeru also compose this catalogue section. The additional inclusion of a guide of book and print formats, glossary, exhaustive bibliography and Japanese character artist/title index make Japanese Erotic Fantasies the most in-depth study to date in English on the subject of Ukiyo-e erotica.
1770 望建構王之固哥川豐春画法岩戶委任內加 the River Sumida , various views of
which , Japanese scholars have calculated , appear in the artist's Edo series
more often than any others . We accompany Hiroshige down the Sumida , pass ...
Author: Hiroshige Andō
The hundred views of Edo is one of the most famous artistic productions of all times. The arts of Ukiyo-e were the expression of a singular and isolated civilisation. It had considerable influence on European art, and both Monet and Van Gogh drew much inspiration from it. The sets of prints emanating from Edo, many of them take as subjects views on the Tokaido road, rendered him famous and early European visitors began buying and bringing them back to Europe, setting off a trend for Japanese art. The compositions in this series of prints never repeat themselves and are of astonishing diversity. The contrast of planes, the richness of motifs and the splendour of the colours, reveal the extraordinary talent of Hiroshige.
We saw that although Hakuin and Sengai devoted themselves primarily to the
religious life, served as monks and became abbots of famous Zen temples; and
although neither of them was a professional artist, at the same time, from their ...
Author: Dr Galit Aviman
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
This book explores the playfulness reflected in the artwork of two prominent Japanese Zen monk-painters: Hakuin Ekaku (1685-1768) and Sengai Gibon (1750-1837). Aviman elaborates on the nature of this particular artistic expression and identifies its sources, focusing on the lives of the monk-painters and their artwork. The author combines a holistic analysis of the paintings, i.e. as interrelated combination of text and image, with a contextualization of the works within their specific environments.
she said, striding into the warmth and muted reverence of a Bond Street
exhibition of Edo brush paintings. Sarah felt they had their methods. A tall man
pushed open the heavy glass door behind them with a well-heeled elbow. A
stream of air ...
Author: Barbara Anderson
Publisher: Victoria University Press
Victoria University Press is enormously proud to publish a new edition of one of New Zealand?s favourite novels, published to critical acclaim here and in the UK and US, and winner of the Wattie Award in 1992. ?The promise that was evident in Girls High has been splendidly fulfilled, and now it seems only a matter of time before Wellington replaces New York as the literary capital of the world.? ?Nick Hornby, Sunday Times 'She really is world class ? her writing's like a richly detailed painting, she gets the details just right.' ?Sharon Crosbie Evening Post 'It is a testament to Anderson's style and skill as a writer that these places and decades are brought to the page with such energy, yet also with such a finely judged mix of humour and sympathy.' ?Caroline Wilder Sunday Star 'This is a moving, universal novel, a pleasure to read.' ?Sophy Kershaw Time Out 'Barbara Anderson's novel is a rarity; an unadulterated, unpretentious, enjoyable read.' ?Julie Morrice Glasgow Herald 'It is an enormously entertaining book with perceptions so true they leave you glowing in startled recognition.'?Patricia Thwaites Otago Daily Times ?A quite irresistible writer with a microscopic eye for telltale detail ? and a dazzlingly accurate ear for dialogue as it is really spoken.? ?Dirk Bogarde
... independent artist rather than as only one of a number of specialized craftsmen
employed by the publisher on a par with illustrators , carvers , printers , and
bookbinders . Detailed biographical information about late - Edo - period
Author: Robert W. Leutner
Publisher: Harvard Univ Asia Center
Category: Social Science
This book is a critical treatment of a Shikitei Sanba (1776-1822), a major writer of gesaku (playful compositions, many in the comic vein).