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  • Editorial: PHAIDON PRESS LIMITED, 2004
  • Fecha de salida: 2004
  • Descargado: 6506

This big and beautiful book presents a comprehensive survey of the work of one of Japan&@8217;s greatest and most influential artists, together with a collection of essays that focus on a key aspects of the master&@8217;s career. The book opens with an introductory essay by Gian Carlo Calza presenting an overview of the cha nging world Hokusai was born into and lived through. This is followed by a series of essays by distinguished Western and Japanese scholars that present new research on a range of vital areas of interest in Hokusai studies. These form a context for the core of the book, which forms a retrospective of Hokusai&@8217;s entire career, divided into seven chapters. Each chapter provides a succinct account of a phase in Hokusai&@8217;s life, followed by a series of the finest and most representative works of that period. Great care has been taken throughout to choose for reproduction the best-preserved original prints that reveal Hokusai&@8217;s mastery of line and colour to full advantage. This magnificent pictorial survey of Hokusai&@8217;s prints, paintings and drawings is the first publication in English to make such a rich selection widely available, and to demonstrate the extraordinary range and quality of Hokusai&@8217;s achievement. The final component of the book is a detailed scholarly commentary on each illustration that provides not only the necessary technical information but also a revealing analysis of style, colour, composition and motif. …  


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