Monday, 6 December 2010

Japanese Prints Top Sunday Times Wish List

It’s very gratifying to see Japanese prints gaining recognition in the National press... twice in the same paper. Singled out for particular attention as ART BOOK OF THE YEAR is: Hiroshige: One Hundred Famous views of Edo by Melanie Trede and Lorenz Bichler, Taschen £27.99.

Well known English art critic Frank Whitford writes: “I simply love this book. It faithfully reproduces on a single page, at a size close to the originals, 119 woodblock prints that Hiroshige designed in the last two years of his life, redefining the landscape not only for Japanese art but for such Europeans as Whistler, Monet and Van Gogh, who copied or were inspired by them.”

In his ‘pick of the best’, he goes on to describe Hokusai by Matthi Forrer (Prestel) as: “almost the most desirable volume on my own Christmas shopping list.”

We are currently planning an exhibition of Japanese prints on the 53 stations of the Tokaido Road for next year which will feature several prints by Hiroshige amongst other outstanding ukiyo-e artists.

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