Tsukioka Yoshitoshi's triptychs and portrait series of the 1860s were predominatly musha-e ("warrior prints"), often with added mythological elements, and invariably drawn from Japanese military history, mostly from the 12th to 16th centuries. Yoshitoshi's major musha-e series, in terms of both its scope and its dynamic visual experimentation, remains Kaidai hyaku senso, or 100 Dogs Of War. Yoshitoshi was reputedly driven to create this series in 1868 after witnessing first-hand the bloody Battle of Ueno, a decisive clash of the civil war in Japan. Although inspired by recent events, the series again depicted warriors from Japanese history, showing some clasping bloody severed heads as trophies of war, others with their own viscera spilling out from the "belly cut" of seppuku (ritual suicide), others in the heat of battle firing guns, hurling spears, wielding swords or dodging bullets. Every aspect of war is represented. There are 65 known completed prints from the series, and several surviving drawings and sketches for designs which apparently never reached fruition; failure to complete the set is attributed both to censorship and to the nervous breakdown which Yoshitoshi reportedly experienced in 1869, an event which resulted in his virtual disappearance from the ukiyo-e scene for the following two years. This Ukiyo-e Master Special edition of Yoshitoshi's 100 Dogs Of War contains not only Yoshitoshi's full set of 65 completed battle prints, reproduced in full-size and full-colour, but also several fascinating preparatory drawings for unfinished designs. The collection also features an extensive illustrated introduction on Yoshitoshi's warrior prints from 1853 to 1889, bringing the total number of colour reproductions in the book to over 90. Ukiyo-e Master Specials: presenting individual art series by the greatest print-designers and painters of Edo-period and Meiji-period Japan.
For the first time, world vintage movie poster authority Tony Nourmand shares his personal selection of the 100 essential movie posters of all time. For 30 years, Nourmand has been instrumental in redefining 20th-century movie posters as an art form and a valuable collectible. He brings his vast experience and wealth of knowledge to these pages, defining a great or essential movie poster as the most effective in terms of design and impact. 100 Movie Posters: The Essential Collection features stunning images from famous designers like Saul Bass, Paul Rand and Bill Gold; renowned photographers like Philippe Halsman, Eddie Adams and George Hurrell and celebrated artists like Al Hirschfeld, Alberto Vargas and Richard Amsel. It features classic posters from King Kong, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Metropolis, as well as more unusual and lesser-known works from Eastern Europe or the silent era. The beautiful and diverse imagery from around the world is reproduced in magnificent quality and is accompanied by Nourmand's fascinating commentary and an insightful introduction by Christopher Frayling, who writes: "Nourmand has the eye, the persistence, the enthusiasm and the experience to select a 'hundred best' that actually means something."
One of the last great names in the Japanese ukiyo-e style, Utagawa Kuniyoshi was an undisputed master of the warrior woodblock print. Born in Tokyo in 1797, his talent became evident by the tender age of 12, when he became an apprentice to a famous print master. Starting out with vivid illustrations of cultural icons -- including Kabuki actors and Japanese heroes -- he moved on to a unique treatment of warrior prints, incorporating elements of dreams, omens, and daring feats that characterized his distinctive style. These dramatic eighteenth-century illustrations represent the pinnacle of his craft. One hundred and one full-color portraits of legendary samurai pulse with movement, passion, and remarkably fine detail. A must for collectors of Japanese art and a perfect first work for those who want to start their own collection, it includes brief captions and a new introduction.
This classic Victorian children's ABC primer was originally published in London and Chicago in 1895. It was the first book by the Arts and Crafts artist and designer Georgie Gaskin (1866-1934), celebrated for the jewelry she produced with her husband Arthur. Exquisite woodcut illustrations and rhymes by Gaskin accompany each letter of the alphabet and combine to create a volume that charms and delights both children and adults. It soon became a favorite and was published in several editions from the late 1890s, including a hand-painted deluxe version printed on vellum of only a handful of copies.
This new facsimile is the first to reproduce the original clothbound edition of 1895. It is bound with a silkscreened cloth cover and printed on high-quality paper to create a collectible object that recipients will treasure long into adulthood. It is the first volume in a series of special facsimiles of historic illustrated children's titles selected and produced by Art / Books.
This jewel-like book of pen, wash and watercolor sketches by British artist Anne Desmet (born 1964) evokes the unmistakable landscapes and cityscapes of Italy. Best known for her engravings, linocuts and mixed-media collages, Desmet is also a dedicated draftswoman. She found herself working and sketching in Italy for the first time at age 25, in Rome on a scholarship. In this volume, comprised of selected illustrations from four of the artist's sketchbooks, made over the course of many journeys to Italy over the past 25 years, the viewer experiences Desmet's pen committing every detail to paper, and the small-scale format of the book emphasizes her distinctive flair for capturing the relationship between extreme foreground and distance. Anne Desmet: An Italian Journey is a unique opportunity to explore Italy, from the Apennines to the Veneto, through the eyes of a meticulous and precise artist.
Barnett Newman (1905-70) famously strove to create an art of "pure idea" that would strip away narrative, figuration and extraneous detail from painting. By 1948 he had arrived at his signature format--painted color fields bisected by vertical "zips." Though he is best known for his Abstract Expressionist-cum-minimalist paintings in this vein, Newman also made drawings throughout his career and began making prints in 1961.Newman's graphic work clarifies the artist's long quest to represent his "pure idea" while also revealing an experimental, even playful, side to the artist which is rarely glimpsed in the serious, minimal language of his paintings. Barnett Newman: Drawings and Prints celebrates Newman's achievements in the graphic arts through the holdings of the Prints Department of the Kunstmuseum Basel, and is the first publication to provide an overview of the artist's entire print oeuvre.
On the streets of the vibrant and anarchic city of Mumbai, the movie poster is a familiar splash of color. It is an invitation to the pleasures of Bollywood, the world's largest film industry. The collision of this most democratic of art forms with one of the liveliest movie genres results in a glorious explosion of color, form, and typography.
Bollywood's film posters have a long and illustrious history, and it is brilliantly celebrated here. The posters included span the entire history of Hindi movies, from the early twentieth century to the present day.
Bollywood movies are a much-loved international phenomenon, and this book is sure to have an avid audience among its fans. But its appeal extends beyond that--graphic designers and artists will find much to inspire them as well.
Jerry Pinto has written several books on the Indian film industry, including Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb. Sheena Sippy is a photographer whose work has been featured in Vogue, Elle, and Time.