The Printed Image - The Flowering of Japan's Wood Block Printing Culture

Author(s): Matthi Forrer


The Japanese colored woodblock print is among the most familiar and popular East Asian art forms in the West, thanks to the 19th-century fashion for all things Japanese--a fashion which brought about a huge transformation in Western art. Within Japan, the impact was just as significant. The perfection of the Japanese woodblock print--a truly popular art--was not only a technical and economic feat, but also set off a cultural and social revolution. From the hand-colored prints of the 18th century to the famous depictions of the pleasure quarter and kabuki theater, from Meiji-era illustrations of the Sino-Japanese War to the modern "new woodblock print" of the early 20th century, the Japanese woodblock print married technological and formal innovation in a uniquely accessible form. It could convey images of all kinds, at low cost, to a demanding public hungry for information and enjoyment. It was the medium of a new, modern information culture. The Printed Image offers a chance to rediscover Japan's groundbreaking woodblock printing culture. Cologne's Museum f r Ostasiatische Kunst has been collecting Japanese woodblock prints and books for more than 100 years, and this publication brings together the best of its holdings in a major new survey of the art form.


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  • : 9783960982562
  • : Thames & Hudson, Limited
  • : Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • : June 2018
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  • : books

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  • : Matthi Forrer
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 769.952
  • : 400