Whanganuilibrary.com
Normal view MARC view ISBD view

Japan journeys : famous woodblock prints of cultural sights in Japan / Andreas Marks.

By: Marks, Andreas.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Tokyo, Japan ; Rutland, Vermont : Tuttle Publishing, an imprint of Periplus Editions (HK) Ltd, [2015]Copyright date: ©2015Description: 168 pages : colour illustrations ; 22 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9784805313107; 4805313102.Subject(s): Color prints, Japanese | Wood-engraving, Japanese | Japan -- In art | Japan -- Description and travelDDC classification: 769.952 Summary: From Mount Fuji to the temples of Kyoto, "Japan Journeys" offers a unique perspective on the country's most famous travel destinations. Art historian Andreas Marks has gathered together approximately two hundred Japanese woodblock prints depicting scenic spots and cultural icons that still delight visitors today. Many of the prints are by masters such as Utagawa Hiroshige, Kitagawa Utamaro, and Utagawa Kunisada, and currently hang in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide. Katsuhika Hokusai, the artform's most celebrated artist, is also well represented, with many prints from his "Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road" series and "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" series, including his world-renowned "Great Wave" print. In addition to prints showcasing Japan's natural beauty, Marks' carefully curated selection depicts roads and railways; favorite pastimes, such as blossom viewing and attending festivals; beloved entertainment, such as kabuki theater; the fashions they wore, and the food they ate. Marks is a leading expert on Japanese woodblock prints, and his Illuminating captions provide background context to the scenes depicted. Images of Japan are a continual source of fascination and delight for visitors and armchair travelers alike, and this original gift book also provides a valuable resource for art historians, scholars, and anyone interested in Japanese art, history, and traditional culture.
Tags from this library: No tags from this library for this title. Log in to add tags.
Item type Current location Collection Call number Status Date due
Non-Fiction Mobile Library
Non-Fiction
Non-Fiction 769.952 MAR Available

Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Presenting classic Japanese woodblock prints, Japan Journeys offers a unique perspective on the country's most famous travel destinations.

This stunning art book gathers together approximately two hundred Japanese woodblock prints depicting scenic spots and cultural icons that still delight visitors today. Many of the prints are by masters such as Utagawa Hiroshige, Kitagawa Utamaro, and Utagawa Kunisada, and currently hang in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide. Katsuhika Hokusai, the artform's most celebrated artist, is also well represented, with many prints from his "Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road" seriesand "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" series, including his world-renowned "Great Wave" print.

In addition to prints showcasing Japan's natural beauty, this carefully curated selection depicts roads and railways; favorite pastimes, such as blossom viewing and attending festivals; beloved entertainment, such as kabuki theater; the fashions they wore, and the food they ate. Author Andreas Marks is a leading expert on Japanese woodblock prints, and his Illuminating captions provide background context to the scenes depicted.

From Mount Fuji to the temples of Kyoto, "Japan Journeys" offers a unique perspective on the country's most famous travel destinations. Art historian Andreas Marks has gathered together approximately two hundred Japanese woodblock prints depicting scenic spots and cultural icons that still delight visitors today. Many of the prints are by masters such as Utagawa Hiroshige, Kitagawa Utamaro, and Utagawa Kunisada, and currently hang in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide. Katsuhika Hokusai, the artform's most celebrated artist, is also well represented, with many prints from his "Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road" series and "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" series, including his world-renowned "Great Wave" print. In addition to prints showcasing Japan's natural beauty, Marks' carefully curated selection depicts roads and railways; favorite pastimes, such as blossom viewing and attending festivals; beloved entertainment, such as kabuki theater; the fashions they wore, and the food they ate. Marks is a leading expert on Japanese woodblock prints, and his Illuminating captions provide background context to the scenes depicted. Images of Japan are a continual source of fascination and delight for visitors and armchair travelers alike, and this original gift book also provides a valuable resource for art historians, scholars, and anyone interested in Japanese art, history, and traditional culture.

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

Armchair travel may not be as exciting as the real thing, but it's the only way to visit the marvelous landscape of Japan in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. And the best way to do it is through the medium of Japanese woodblock prints. Tuttle Publishing, which has an extensive list of books on all things Japanese, has brought out a charming tome of woodblock prints of sights both human-made and natural. Marks is head of the Japanese and Korean Art Department at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and his erudition shines through the volume's introduction and the clear commentary on individual prints. Although familiar 19th-century artists such as Hiroshige and Hokusai are represented by famous works, lesser-known 20th-century -printmakers Yoshikawa Kanpo, Kawase Hasui, and -Yoshida Hiroshi present another side of Japanese culture. Image quality is superb, but the book's small (8" x 8") format sometimes reduces the prints to baseball card proportions. Nineteen of the images are enlarged to show details, and they are all displayed in full at the end so that each artist's composition can be appreciated. VERDICT A visually engaging trip through the Japanese landscape that will reward both print lovers and Japanophiles.-David McClelland, Andover, NY © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

Art historian Marks (Japanese Woodblock Prints) shows off an impressive selection of nearly 200 Japanese woodblock prints in this elegant four-color album. Drawn mainly from the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (where the author heads the Japanese and Korean Art department) and the Honolulu Museum of Art, the prints capture the era following the mass arrival of Westerners in Japan in the mid-19th century. Opening with a short essay about how local pilgrimages explain the Japanese appetite for domestic travel, Marks organizes the prints by location, with chapters on sights in and around Tokyo, Kyoto, and other regions in Japan. Works by famous printmakers Katsushika Hokusai and the prolific Utagawa Hiroshige are well represented, including classic scenes of Mount Fuji and the ubiquitous "Great Wave." Lesser-known 20th-century artists depict scenes from the 1940s with a modern sensibility, such as stark images of Tokyo Station with a paper lantern in the foreground. In some cases, details of the prints are reproduced in the main part of the book, with full versions of the images included at the end. The text is sparse but provides some historical context while allowing the images to tell the story of Japan in its many moods and seasons. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.