Publishers of Japanese Woodblock Prints: A Compendium (Hardcover)

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Publishers of Japanese Woodblock Prints: A Compendium (Hardcover)


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Japanese woodblock prints exemplified by such iconographic images as Hokusai's Great Wave, Hiroshige's Heavy Rain on Ohashi bridge, or Utamaro's enticing beauties, constitute one of the most important and influential art forms in art history.
This volume champions the publisher - the enabler - without whom the great artworks which influenced painters like Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh and others, would never have been produced.

Publishers of Japanese Woodblock Prints: A Compendium focuses on the production process of Japanese woodblock prints with an emphasis on the role of the publisher. This publication presents over 1,100 publishers, with comprehensive lists of publications by a total of 572 artists and facsimiles of over 2300 publisher seals, spanning a time period from the 1650s to the 1990s.
The publisher entries include details on the residence of a publisher, his clientele, the period of his commercial activity as well as a list of issued print series in chronological order. This listing offers insight into the status and versatility of a publisher, as well as indicating the publisher's specialities, favoured artists and the particular strategies pursued. With almost 600 pages of information on the publishers of Japanese woodblock prints, this publication is an essential reference work for scholars and collectors of Japanese prints alike.

Andreas Marks, Ph.D. (Leiden University), is Director and Chief Curator of the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, California. He is the author of Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks, 1680-1900 ( 2010), Tokaido Print Series: Kunisada's Puzzles (forthcoming), and co-editor of Dreams and Diversions, Essays on Japanese Woodblock Prints (2010).
Product Details ISBN: 9789004185319
ISBN-10: 9004185313
Publisher: Brill Hotei
Publication Date: December 7th, 2010
Pages: 576
Language: English