The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido

Book - 2008
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"Reproduced from the finest surviving edition of Hiroshige and Eisen's manuscript, this book offers an unforgettable portrait of daily life in 19th century Japan. Each plate teems with characters, from beggars and brawling men to boaters and finely clothed women; and the artists' gentle humor imbues each figure with remarkable, human vitality. Behind these travelers loom castles, cities and powerful waterfalls. Readers will travel from station to station through changing seasons, rural roads and city streets, on a journey that explores every stratum of a diverse society." "Commentary by art scholar and curator Sebastian Izzard, Ph.D. accompanies each image, offering new insights into the artists' processes, and into the survival of their work. Many of the wood blocks used in printing the original Sixty-Nine Stations changed radically over the years, and Izzard addresses the protean nature of each image. He describes the artwork's survival during the dramatic social shifts and economic hardship of Hiroshige and Eisen's time, urging an appreciation for its gradual evolution. This book tells the story of a landmark, two immortal artists, and an enduring masterpiece."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : George Braziller Publisher, 2008.
ISBN: 9780807615935
Branch Call Number: 769.92 IZZ


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