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Samurai, stars of the stage and beautiful women : Kunisada und Kuniyoshi : masters of the color woodblock print /
edited by Gunda Luyken and Beat Wismer ; with contributions by Claudia Delank, Bernd Jesse, Gunda Luyken, Bianca Raitz, Stephan von der Schulenburg, Christian Voit.
Ostfildern : Hatje Cantz Verlag, [2012].
283 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm
377573239X (English), 9783775732390 (English)

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Ostfildern : Hatje Cantz Verlag, [2012].
377573239X (English)
9783775732390 (English)
contents note
Amusement and morality -- Theater -- The golden age of the Utagawa school -- Literature -- Japan grotesque -- Everyday life -- The Samurai code of honor as exemplified in the forty-seven rōnin -- Heroes -- Japanese woodblock prints as the source of contemporary popular culture -- Beautiful women -- Utagawa Kuniyoshi as draftsman -- Drawings -- Inventory.
general note
Published in conjunction with the exhibition held in Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, September 10, 2011-January 15, 2012; and in Galerie Stihl, Waiblingen, June 23, 2012-September 9, 2012.
The early 1960s was the former art museum in Düsseldorf an extensive donation of Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e), the founder of the added generously to 1988. Among them are 220??works of the artist Kunisada (1786-1865) and Kuniyoshi (1798-1861), which are distinguished by their finely tuned color and the expressive gestures of the figures represented. The leaves lead the viewer into a colorful, imaginative world of dreams and work occasionally as early examples of today's popular manga (Japanese comics). The publication offers a rare opportunity to compare images of both artists together on the same issues. The text contributions lead in the popular culture of Japan in the 19th Century and build a bridge to the present, they examine aspects of the grotesque in Japanese art, legends and plays, explain and protect it working drafts Kuniyoshi.0.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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In the early 1960s, what was then the Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf received a large gift of Japanese woodcuts (Ukiyo-e), a gift to which the donor would generously add until 1988. This catalogue presents 220 pieces from this collection, by the enormously prolific illustrators Kunisada (1786-1865) and Kuniyoshi (1798-1861), masters of the Utagawa School. The prints of these artists transport the observer into a colorful, imaginative dream world of Kabuki actors, mythical creatures, hauntingly beautiful women and fierce warriors. This publication offers a rare opportunity to compare the two artists' illustrations of the same themes, and includes essays that provide an introduction to nineteenth-century Japanese popular culture and bridge the gap between the centuries by exploring aspects of the grotesque in Japanese art, explaining legends and plays, and presenting some of Kuniyoshi's preliminary studies.

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