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Title The floating world of Ukiyo-e : shadows, dreams, and substance / essays by Sandy Kita ... [and others].

Published New York : Abrams, 2001.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  769.9520903 FLOA    AVAILABLE
Physical description 224 pages ; 28 cm
Notes Exhibition catalog.
"In association with the Library of Congress."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Sponsor's Letter / David H. Komansky 9 -- Essays on the Art of the Japanese Wood-Block Print -- From Shadow to Substance: Redefining Ukiyo-E / Sandy Kita 27 -- Hidden Treasures from Japan: Wood-Block-Printed Picture Books and Albums / Lawrence E. Marceau 81 -- Ukiyo-E and Its Orbit: the Library of Congress Collections in Context / Katherine L. Blood 115 -- Portfolio 157 -- Pre-Meiji (1868-1911) Books on Art in the Library of Congress: An Annotated Bibliography / Hondo Shojo, Sandy Kita -- Books Speak Back / James Douglas Farquhar 201.
Summary The stunningly beautiful and richly colored Japanese wood-block prints that represent the art form of Ukiyo-e first flourished in seventeenth-century Edo (now Tokyo) and continue to captivate international audiences today. The art of Ukiyo-e ("pictures of the floating world") is newly examined in this elegant book, which showcases a never-before-published treasure trove of Japanese prints, drawings, and books from the collection of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
The 160 compelling color images illustrated here -- known masterpieces, very unusual prints and original sketches, and newly discovered masterworks -- depict an incredible diversity of subjects, ranging from theatrical scenes and landscapes to portraits of actors, courtesans, and beautiful women. Works by great masters such as Hokusai, Hiroshige, and Kunisada are seen, including rare prints from Hokusai's series A Hundred Gbost Stories and images from a watercolor album by Hiroshige as well as prints from some of his most famous series, including One Hundred Views of Edo. Also illustrated are nineteenth-century Yokohama prints, examples of Western Japonisme by artists such as Mary Cassatt and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and works by modern Japanese masters.
Chosen for their significance and rarity, the books and prints in The Floating World of Ukiyo-e are also visually striking and fresh in color, due in part to the fact that this collection has never before been exhibited and has rarely been handled. The text conveys new scholarship about the art form of Ukiyo-e, in essays by several eminent scholars and an unusually comprehensive bibliography.
Other author Kita, Sandy, 1950-
Subject Library of Congress -- Art collections -- Exhibitions.
Ukiyoe -- Exhibitions.
Art, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868 -- Exhibitions.
Illustration of books -- Japan -- Edo period, 1600-1868 -- Exhibitions.
Art -- Washington (D.C.) -- Exhibitions.
ISBN 0810941694