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Woodblock print 'Riverbank at Sukiya in Edo', on cover of 'Hiroshige: Landscape, Cityscape, Woodblock Prints in the Ashmolean Museum', by Ashmolean Museum.

Hiroshige: Landscape, Cityscape

Woodblock Prints in the Ashmolean Museum

By (author) Clare Pollard
By (author) Mitsuko Watanabe


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  • Full colour illustration and detailed discussion of over 50 prints from the Ashmolean Museum's collection offering an introduction to Hiroshige's life and work
  • Includes a detailed discussion of the processes of Japanese wood-block print making
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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) is one of the best known of all Japanese woodblock print designers. He is particularly renowned for his landscape prints, which are among the most frequently reproduced of all Japanese works of art. Hiroshige’s landscape prints were hugely successful both in Japan and in the West. Their unusual compositions, humorous depictions of people involved in everyday activities and masterly expression of weather, light and seasons, proved enormously influential on many leading European artists. Aimed at a general audience, this book illustrates and discusses 53 Hiroshige landscape prints in the Ashmolean Museum’s collection and explores their historical background. It gives a concise introduction to Hiroshige’s life and career within the context of Japan’s booming nineteenth-century woodblock print industry and explores the development of the landscape print as a new genre in this period. It also discusses and illustrates the process and techniques of traditional Japanese woodblock print-making.

How to ‘read’ a Japanese Print, Preface, Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) Woodblock Print Designer, Making a Japanese Woodblock Print, I Views along the Tokaido, II Views of the Provinces, III Views of Edo, IV Views of Mount Fuji, Further Reading.

About the Author
Clare Pollard is Curator of Japanese Art at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. Mitsuko Ito Watanabe is Assistant Director at the Oxford Centre for Asian Archaeology, Art and Culture and Research Associate in the Ashmolean Museum's Department of Eastern Art.
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Ashmolean Museum
14th Jun 2018
Paperback / softback
World excluding Australasia
267 mm x 200 mm
160 Pages
107 color
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