A dazzling reprint of Hiroshige's views of Edo (modern-day Tokyo), one of the masterpieces of the ukiyo-e woodblock tradition and a paradigm of the Japonisme that inspired Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Art Nouveau artists, from Vincent van Gogh to James McNeill Whistler.
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858) was one of the last great artists in the ukiyo-e tradition. Translating as “pictures of the floating world,” ukiyo-e was a woodblock print genre of art that flourished in Japan between the 17th and 19th centuries. Ukiyo-e captured fleeting moments - whether they be the bright lights and attractions of Edo, or spectacular natural landscapes. In particular ukiyo-e came to describe the hedonistic pleasures of cosmopolitan life for an emerging merchant class. Many of Hiroshige’s images depict the entertainments of kabuki theatre, courtesans, and the geishas of the pleasure districts: the temporary, floating, night-time world of what would become Tokyo.
Part of the Bibliotheca Universalis series.
- Authors: Melanie Trede and Lorenz Bichler
- Publisher: Taschen, 2015
- 584 pages, 7.7" x 5.5"
- ISBN: 9783836556590