Beyond the Great Wave: The Japanese Landscape Print, 1727-1960

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Peter Lang, 2010 - Art - 232 pages
The Japanese landscape print has had a tremendous influence on Western art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In Japan and in the West it is often seen as the dominant form in Ukiyo-e, pictures from the floating world. And yet for all its importance, it is a genre whose history has never been written. Beyond The Great Wave is a survey or overview for all those interested in discovering the inner dynamics of one of art history's most remarkable achievements. However, it is also a quest narrative, in which landscapes and notions of Japan as a homeland are intertwined and interconnected.
Although there has never been a book-length study of the Japanese landscape print in either Japanese or English, a great deal has been written about the two giants of the genre, Hokusai and Hiroshige. From what traditions did these two nineteenth-century artists emerge? Who were their predecessors? What influence, if any, did they have on other Ukiyo-e artists? Can their influence be seen in the shin-hanga and s˘saku-hanga artists of the twentieth century? This book addresses these issues, but it also looks at a number of other factors, such as the growth of tourism in nineteenth-century Japan, necessary for understanding this genre.
 

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Contents

Chinese Abstraction Japanese Reality
13
Ukiyoe Landscape Prints 17271830
39
s Hiroshige the Perfect
83
Poetical Landscapes Meiji Illuminations
110
Shinhanga
129
S˘sakuhanga
165
Endnotes
193
Glossary
203
Select Bibliography
213
Acknowledgements
221
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About the author (2010)

The Author: James King, Distinguished University Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at McMaster University, has been a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the co-author of Japanese Warrior Prints, 1646-1905.