Hiroshige: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo - the exhibition catalogue from Ota Memorial Museum of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Hiroshige: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

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'A luscious and affordable must-have art book' - Huffington Post

An exquisite Japanese bound book of Hiroshige's woodprints

This reprint is made from one of the finest complete original sets of woodblock prints belonging to the Ota Memorial Museum of Art in Tokyo. Hiroshige (1797-1858) was one of the last great artists in the ukiyo-e tradition. Though he captured a variety of subjects, his greatest talent was in creating landscapes of his native Edo (modern-day Tokyo) and his final masterpiece was a series known as "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" (1856-1858). 

The book features reproductions of 118 Hiroshige's prints of views of mid 19th century Edo taken from a series of original wood-block prints in the Ota Memorial Museum of Art in Tokyo, one of the few complete series consisting entirely of impressions from the first run. So sophisticated were the printing techniques used by Hiroshige, that some of the original images, such as the eagle plumage in Fukagawa Susaki and Jumantsubo was printed using expensive mica dust to create a silvery shimmer and the bird's talons were printed with animal glue to produce a deep shine. The reproductions have been done well and capture subtle variations in colour as well as the woodgrain from the print blocks.

Each of the prints is accompanied by descriptive text and the book also features a map showing all 120 locations depicted and an essay by Melanie Trede that paints a picture of life in mid 19th-century Edo and Hiroshige’s role as an artist in it.

The book comes encased in a toggle-fastened box depicting a detail of Hiroshige’s iconic grey tree limbs and white plum blossoms against a pink sky. The book itself is soft bound Japanese style with a silk-effect cover, string binding and printed on folded paper.  A treat for lovers of Japanese art.

Details
  • Author: Melanie Trede
  • Hardcover: 272 pages 
  • Date published: August 2010
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-3836521208
  • Product Dimensions: 31.2 x 25.8 cm

Reviews

'The colors are vibrant and the pages feel like silk...For those who enjoy period Japanese art, they are going to be hard pressed to find a better collection at a more competitive price' -  San Francisco Book Review

'A luscious and affordable must-have art book' - Huffington Post

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