A comprehensive introduction to the hugely popular Japanese school of ukiyo-e, the art of ukiyo-e (paintings of the floating world) originated in the city of Edo, now Tokyo, and reflects not only the contemporary passion for theatre, restaurants, teahouses and geisha, but also Japan's deep love of nature and tradition. With contributions by Western and Japanese scholars, this book provides a fascinating and scholarly study of such masters as Hokusai, Hiroshige and Utamaro. It includes over 600 works depicting subjects from kabuki actors and tales of courtship to landscapes and erotica. This is an excellent resource for scholars and general readers.
This soft cover book measures 10 inches by 11 inches. Published June 2007.
Phaidon’s empire of world-renowned books on food, architecture, fashion, design and travel complement the publisher’s beginnings. Named after Socrates’s pupil Phaedo, who was known for his discourses on immortality, this London-based publishing house got its start in 1923 as a producer of high quality, reasonably priced literature, philosophy, and history books. In 1936 it added art to its repertoire, publishing some of the first monographs of Van Gogh and Botticelli. All volumes pair erudite text with breathtaking photography; a perennial favorite is Phaidon’s stunning, large-scale Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture.