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Pictures of the Floating World

Pictures of the Floating World

An Introduction to Japanese Prints

By (author) Sarah E. Thompson

£29.95

Publishing 25th Oct 2022
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    • A beautifully packaged, affordable introduction to the perennially popular subject of Japanese prints
    • Published in cooperation with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and illustrated with 120 outstanding works from their collection
    • Written by MFA curator Sarah E. Thompson, a noted expert on Japanese prints
    • Exceptional production values: a paperback with a Japanese stab binding housed in a slipcase along with three frameable prints
    Full Description

    In Edo Japan, woodblock prints known as ukiyo-e (“pictures of the Floating World”) captured the entertainment culture of the urban elite and eventually many other subjects as well. These beautiful prints were the result of a meticulous craft process, in which an artist’s initial drawing was translated by expert carvers into multiple printing blocks for different colours. In this attractive volume, Sarah E. Thompson, curator of Japanese art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, provides a highly readable overview of the cultural and artistic history of ukiyo-e, showcasing 120 exceptional prints from the museum’s world-class collection, by masters including Utamaro, Hokusai, and Hiroshige. She explores each of the principal genres in turn: beauty and fashion, the kabuki theatre, landscape, nature, history and literature, and fantasy. Pictures of the Floating World features a traditional Japanese stab binding and is housed in a durable slipcase together with three remarkable prints, suitable for framing. It will be a must-have for all art lovers.

    About the Author

    Sarah E. Thompson is a curator of Japanese art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and creator of the MFA’s digital catalogue of over 50,000 prints. She has curated numerous exhibitions at the MFA and elsewhere, including Tattoos in Japanese Prints. Her most recent books include Genji: The Prince and the Parodies and Hokusai’s Landscapes: The Complete Series.

    Specifications
    Publisher
    Abbeville Press
    ISBN
    9780789214393
    Publish date
    25th Oct 2022
    Binding
    Paperback / softback
    Territory
    World excluding USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia and New Zealand
    Size
    228 mm x 178 mm
    Pages
    176 Pages
    Illustrations
    120 color
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