Japanese Art
Masterpieces of Japanese Art: Cincinnati Art Museum
Masterpieces of Japanese Art
Cincinnati Art Museum
Hardcover      ISBN: 1907804196
"The Cincinnati Art Museum's Japanese art collection comprises over 3,000 objects including paintings, screens, prints, ceramics, lacquer and metal wares, ivory carvings, arms and armor, dolls, masks, cloisonne, textiles, and costumes. Started in 1881, it is one of the oldest museum collections of Japanese art in the US. Masterpieces of Japanese Art is the first complete study of this remarkable collection covering over five centuries of artistic production, the majority dating from the Edo period (1615-1868) to the end of the Meiji period in 1912. Except for a few pieces, none of these objects has ever been catalogued or published before. Masterpieces of Japanese Art is an introduction to this important yet little explored collection through nearly one hundred of its treasures. An essay by curator Hou-mei Sung chronicles the historical significance and the growth of the museum's collection in the context of Cincinnati's local wave of Japanese mania in the 19th century, and Cincinnati's early connectionsand on-going relationship with Japan and Japanese art. The museum's paintings and screens are the focus of two seminal essays by Japanese professors Masahiko Aizawa and Keiko Nakamachi"--
Masterpieces of Japanese Screen Painting: The American Collections
Masterpieces of Japanese Screen Painting
The American Collections
Hardcover      ISBN: 0807612308
Night Parade of Dead Souls: Japanese Ghost Paintings
Night Parade of Dead Souls
Japanese Ghost Paintings
Paperback      ISBN: 1840683120
The female ghost or yurei (literally, "faded spirit") is perhaps the most recognizable figure in Japanese horror culture, powerfully reinforced through the success of Japanese ghost films such as Ringu ("The Ring") and Ju-On ("The Grudge"). Their traditional appearance
Obtaining Images: Art, Production, and Display in Edo Japan
Obtaining Images
Art, Production, and Display in Edo Japan
Hardcover      ISBN: 0824836138
Organized into ten thematic chapters, this ambitious work engages with Japanese art in the Edo era in order to present the reader with a thorough overview of its meanings and uses. The initial chapters describe the artistic traditions, auspicious images, commercial and social aspects of art, and the specific uses and meanings of different kinds of art. The remaining chapters describe different schools and types of art, including portraiture, the idealizing function of ukiyo-e, and Buddhist art, concluding with the impact of the arrival of Europeans. Screech teaches history of art at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), U. of London. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Ornamental Arts of Japan: 60 Full-color Plates
Ornamental Arts of Japan
60 Full-color Plates
Paperback      ISBN: 0486465497
Assembled by a renowned art historian, these vivid illustrations offer spectacular examples of Japanese painting, printing, embroidery, lacquer work, and cloisonné, as well as masterpieces in ivory and porcelain.

Seven Masters: 20th-Century Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection
Seven Masters
20th-Century Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection
Paperback      ISBN: 0989371875
Seven Masters: 20th-century Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection focuses on seven artists who played a significant role in the development of early 20th-century shin hanga, the new print, and are noteworthy representatives of this movement. Drawing from the collection of Ellen and Fred Wells at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, it features the spectacular beauty portraits of Hashiguchi Goyo, Ito Shinsui (1898–1972), Yamakawa Shuho (1898–1944), and Torii Kotondo (1900–1976), the striking actors of Yamamura Toyonari (Koka; 1886–1942) and Natori Shunsen (1886–1960), as well as the evocative landscapes of Kawase Hasui (1883–1957). Essays by Andreas Marks, Chiaki Ajioka, Ishida Yasuhiro, Yuiko Kimura-Tilford, Amy Reigle Newland, Charles Walbridge, and Yano Haruyo offer extended biographies of each artist and insights into the enticing world of shin hanga. Richly illustrated with more than 300 images, the previously unpublished material in these essays deepens an understanding of the artists as painters and print designers.

Sixty Nine Stations of the Kisokaido
Sixty Nine Stations of the Kisokaido
Hardcover      ISBN: 0807615935
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.
Tattoos in Japanese Prints
Tattoos in Japanese Prints
Hardcover      ISBN: 0878468463
Tokyo: Form and Spirit
Form and Spirit
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810916908
Essays discuss the evolution of Tokyo's art and architecture from the seventeenth century to the present and the coexistence of technology and tradition
Ukiyo-E: An Introduction to Japanese Woodblock Prints
An Introduction to Japanese Woodblock Prints
Hardcover      ISBN: 4770016573
Japanese woodblock prints, or ukiyo-e, occupy a singular position in world art. These "pictures of the floating world" were created by artists and craftsmen of plebeian or low samurai background. The prints depict scenes from the everyday life and entertainments of the urban classes, and their popularity lay among these same townspeople. Ukiyo-e was successor to previous aristocratic traditions and represents the last flowering of traditional pictorial art before Japan entered the modern era. Outside Japan, it was ukiyo-e that was discovered in the mid-nineteenth century by such artists as Whistler, Manet, Degas, and van Gogh, creating an era of "Japanism" that was to have a lasting effect on the art of the West. The present volume offers a comprehensive survey of the history of ukiyo-e, from its origins in lavish works commissioned by aristocratic patrons in the sixteenth century, through its apogee at the end of the eighteenth, to its decline and demise in the last years of the nineteenth century. Social conditions, printing techniques, styles, artists, engravers, printers, and the tastes of the public itself - all are discussed as the story of ukiyo-e unfolds. In addition to the overview provided in the text, detailed commentaries of the prints and their subjects are provided. As a result, the reader becomes familiar not only with the history of ukiyo-e, an art of universal significance, but also with the colorful urban culture of which it is a remarkable record.