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Hiroshige. One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Japanese binding in box, 9.8 x 12.3 in., 4.12 lb, 272 pages
US$ 40
Edition: English
Edition: English
Availability: In Stock
From verdant panoramas to decadent pleasure quarters: Utagawa Hiroshige’s final masterpiece, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, is a woodblock journey through 19th-century Tokyo and a jewel in the ukiyo-e tradition. This reprint is bound in the traditional Japanese fashion and reproduces one of the finest complete original sets belonging to the Ota Memorial Museum of Art in Tokyo.

Customer reviews (41)

Views of 19th-Century Tokyo

Images of a city between visual poetry and idealized reality
“This luxurious Japanese-bound, boxed publication transcends the coffee table cliché by combining beauty with information.”
—ARTnews Magazine
, New York

Literally meaning “pictures of the floating world,” ukiyo-e refers to the famous Japanese woodblock print genre that originated in the 17th century and is practically synonymous with the Western world’s visual characterization of Japan. Because they could be mass produced, ukiyo-e works were often used as designs for fans, New Year’s greeting cards, single prints, and book illustrations, and traditionally they depicted city life, entertainment, beautiful women, kabuki actors, and landscapes. The influence of ukiyo-e in Europe and the United States, often referred to as Japonisme, can be seen in everything from impressionist painting to today’s manga and anime illustration. 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). This resplendent complete reprint pairs each of the 120 large-scale illustrations with a description, allowing readers to plunge themselves into Hiroshige’s beautifully vibrant landscapes.
The authors

Lorenz Bichler studied Sinology, Japanese studies, and Modern History in Zurich and Beijing. After scholarships at the Waseda and Tokai universities in Japan, he was appointed assistant professor of politics at New York University in 1999. He has held non-established teaching posts at various universities, and given online instruction at the New School of Social Research. He has been a freelance sinologist working in Heidelberg since 2004.

Before taking her doctorate in Far Eastern art history at the University of Heidelberg, Melanie Trede worked at the Gakushuin University in Tokyo. She was assistant professor at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University from 1999 to 2004, since which time she has been Professor of Far Eastern art history at the University of Heidelberg.

Hiroshige. One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Japanese binding in box, 9.8 x 12.3 in., 4.12 lb, 272 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-2120-8
Edition: English

Customer reviews (41)

Wonderful Book

Jean-Claude, November 07, 2021
Ever since I purchased this book I am happy with it. It brings you back to another world, makes you dream and helps you to forget our difficult world for a while. Furthermore it's a beautiful book, nice print, delightful lay-out, exquisite finishing. I am definitely happy with it. Thank you Taschen.

Exquisite

C, November 07, 2021
I was delighted with the quality of these prints. Each of the One Hundred Famous Views of Edo is allocated an entire page for better experiencing the feeling that the artist wanted to convey. They each are accompanied by their own detailed explanations. This book is a beautiful immersion into the landscapes of 19th century Japan.

Edizione davvero stupefacente.

MaY, November 06, 2021
Stampata rilegata e curata ad altissimi livelli.

What a piece of art!

Yasen, November 06, 2021
This was a gift from my significant other. I couldn't believe the amazing quality of the book, the feel of the pages, the stories and work featured inside. I haven't looked through the whole book yet, but the mere flipping of pages is an experience worth talking about. Highly recommended.

ukiyo-e

Marco, November 04, 2021
Ukiyo-e letteraly means "pictures of the floating world". The ukiyo-e often represents the sparkling lights and the attractions of Edo (the modern Tokio): beautiful women, actors and sumo wrestlers, glimpses of city life and amazing landscapes. One Hundred Famous Views of Edo is all this, a masterpiece of the Japanes's art.

Great book covering

Dale, November 02, 2021
The way this book has been done is simply amazing! I got my copy in a japanese style book covering and the prints were on a special paper. I love leaf through the pages of this book.

Excellent book

NM, November 01, 2021
High quality printing that allows to fully appreciate each piece. The text complements very nicely each work and gives interesting additional information.

Great design, nice content

Thanh Tung, October 31, 2021
I didn't expect to receive such a nice book. The illustrations are very pretty and the contents are well explained. The book format is also very solid and well designed.

Beautiful Book

Emma, October 28, 2021
This is one of my favourite recent purchases. Beautifully presented and of premium quality. Would make an excellent gift.

Amazing Woodprints

Nikolaus, October 28, 2021
The book is beautifully made (japanese style cover) and a great compilation to adore a lot of hiroshiges works (I love hiroshige)
Hiroshige. One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Hiroshige.
One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
US$ 40
Hiroshige. One Hundred Famous Views of Edo