Poem of the Pillow and Other Stories By Utamaro, Hokusai, Kuniyoshi, and Other Artists of the Floating World

Author: Gian Carlo Calza
Publisher: Phaidon Press
ISBN: 9780714849966
Category: Art
Page: 384
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Poem of the Pillow

Author: Gian Carlo Calza
Publisher: Phaidon Press
ISBN: 9780714871578
Category: Art
Page: 464
View: 4026

A comprehensive and beautifully illustrated study of traditional Japanese erotic art. Poem of the Pillow and Other Stories examines the artistic developments of Japanese erotic art from the ukiyo-e period, dating from the mid-seventeenth century to the end of the nineteenth century. Known by the delicate euphemism of Shunga or ‘spring images’, these pictures were hugely popular and admired, and are today highly collectable works of art. This book illustrates major Shunga works from important ukiyo-e masters such as Utamaro, Hokusai, Harunobu, Kunisada, Kuniyoshi and many others. World-renowned scholar Gian Carlo Calza defines these fascinating erotic works in their social, historical and artistic context, providing a broad overview of a subject that is extremely nuanced and intriguing. Beautifully illustrated with over 300 images, including woodblock prints, scrolls and paintings, this book is a perfect introduction to ukiyo-e erotic art.

Sex and the Floating World

Erotic Images in Japan, 1700-1820
Author: Timon Screech
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 9781861890306
Category: Art
Page: 319
View: 7745

This book offers an entirely new assessment of the genre of Japanese paintings and prints today known as shunga. Recent changes in Japanese law have at last enabled erotic images to be published without fear of prosecution, and many picture books have since appeared in Japan. There has, however, been very little attempt to situate the imagery within the contexts of sexuality, gender or power. Questions of aesthetics, and of whether shunga deserve a place in the official history of Japanese art, have dominated, and the question of the use of these images has been avoided. Timon Screech seeks to re-establish shunga in its proper historical contexts of culture and creativity. Sex and the Floating World opens up for us the strange world of sexual fantasy in the Edo culture of eighteenth-century Japan, and investigates the tensions in class and gender of those who made – and made use of – shunga.

Tanaka Ikko

graphic master
Author: Gian Carlo Calza,Ikkō Tanaka
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Category: Design
Page: 271
View: 4259

Ikko Tanaka (born in 1930) is one of the established masters of Japaneseraphic design. His work draws together influences from East and West,cknowledging the vocabulary of European Modernism while remainingharacteristically Japanese. Inspired by sources as diverse as traditionalapanese illustration techniques and his passion for American jazz, he isenowned for numerous cultural posters and programmes for theatre and ballet,any for Kanze Noh Drama.;This work examines Tanaka's entire career,ncompassing graphic design and art direction, editorial and interior design.he book is structured into four chapters, each addressing a different aspectf Tanaka's career and a concluding section comprises a critical anthologyith contributions from commentators on contemporary graphic design.


Author: Gian Carlo Calza
Publisher: Phaidon Press
ISBN: 9780714847948
Category: Art
Page: 520
View: 4492

The art of ukiyo-e (the floating world) originated in the city of Edo (1603–1867, now Tokyo), when the political and military power of Japan was in the hands of the shoguns. Comprising six essays, six plate sections and over 600 illustrations this beautiful book provides a perfect introduction to the art of this period. The paintings, scrolls and prints reproduced here demonstrate not only the new urban pleasures of the theatre, restaurants, teahouses and geisha, but also Japan’s love of nature and tradition. Professor Calza’s accessible style provides a fascinating yet scholarly study of such masters as Hokusai, Hiroshige and Utamaro.

Japanese Woodblock Prints

Artists, Publishers and Masterworks: 1680 - 1900
Author: Andreas Marks
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462905994
Category: Art
Page: 336
View: 954

Japanese woodblock prints, or ukiyo-e, are the most recognizable Japanese art form. Their massive popularity has spread from Japan to be embraced by a worldwide audience. Covering the period from the beginning of the Japanese woodblock print in the 1680s until the year 1900, Japanese Woodblock Prints provides a detailed survey of all the famous ukiyo-e artists, along with over 500 full color prints. Unlike previous examinations of this art form, Japanese Woodblock Prints includes detailed histories of the publishers of woodblock prints—who were often the driving force determining which prints, and therefore which artists, would make it into mass circulation for a chance at critical and popular success. Invaluable as a guide for ukiyo-e enthusiasts looking for detailed information about their favorite Japanese woodblock print artists and prints, it is also an ideal introduction for newcomers to the world of the woodblock print. This lavishly illustrated book will be a valued addition to the libraries of scholars, as well as the general art enthusiast.


Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art
Author: Timothy Clark
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780714124766
Category: Art
Page: 536
View: 6297

Discover Japanese art like no other. Originally created by the artists of the ukiyo-e school of the floating world to advertise brothels in 17th-century Yoshiwara, these popular spring pictures (shunga) transcended class and gender in Japan for almost 300 years. These tender, humorous and brightly coloured pieces celebrate sexual pleasure in all its forms, culminating in the beautiful, yet graphic, work of iconic artists Utamaro, Hokusai and Kunisada. This catalogue of a major international exhibition aims to answer some key questions about what shunga is and why was it produced. Erotic Japanese art was heavily suppressed in Japan from the 1870s onwards as part of a process of cultural modernisation that imported many contemporary western moral values. Only in the last twenty years or so has it been possible to publish unexpurgated examples in Japan and this ground-breaking publication presents this fascinating art in its historical and cultural context for the first time. Within Japan, shunga has continued to influence modern forms of art, including manga, anime and Japanese tattoo art. Drawing on the latest scholarship and featuring over 400 images of works from major public and private collections, this landmark book sheds new light on this unique art form within Japanese social and cultural history. Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese art is published to accompany an exhibition at the British Museum from October 2013 to January 2014.

Branded Youth and Other Stories

Author: Bruce Weber
Publisher: Bulfinch Press
ISBN: 9780821225257
Category: Photography
Page: 288
View: 1739

An exhibition catalog of the author's photographs of families, young men, and elderly couples includes poetry, songs, and short stories


Author: Gian Carlo Calza
Publisher: Phaidon Press
ISBN: 9780714844572
Category: Art
Page: 520
View: 1721

This big and beautiful book presents a comprehensive survey of the work of one of Japan's greatest and most influential artists, together with a collection of essays that focus on a key aspects of the master's career. The book opens with an introductory essay by Gian Carlo Calza presenting an overview of the changing world into which Hokusai was born and through which he lived. This is followed by a series of essays, composed by distinguished Western and Japanese scholars, that present new research on a range of crucial areas of interest in Hokusai studies. These form a context for the core of the book, which embodies a retrospective of Hokusai's entire career, divided into seven chapters. Each chapter provides a succinct account of a phase in Hokusai'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's mastery of line and colour to full advantage. This magnificent pictorial survey of Hokusai'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'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, color, composition and motif.

The Story of Art, Luxury Edition

Author: E H Gombrich
Publisher: Phaidon Press
ISBN: 9780714872155
Category: Art
Page: 688
View: 8912

Exquisite cloth-bound edition of the classic art-history text – the perfect gift for every art connoisseur and student For more than 60 years Ernst Gombrich's The Story of Art has been a global bestseller – with more than 8 million copies sold – the perfect introduction to art history, from the earliest cave paintings to art of the twentieth century, a masterpiece of clarity and personal insight. This classic book is currently in its 16th edition and has been translated into more than 30 languages, and published in numerous formats and editions. Now, for the first time, this Luxury Edition is the ultimate gift purchase for all art lovers – a perfect keepsake to treasure, and to inspire future generations.

Japan style

Author: Gian Carlo Calza
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Category: Art
Page: 303
View: 2669

Japan Style, written by one of the world's most respected scholars of Japanese art and culture, is an authoritative and wide-ranging visual essay on the aesthetics of Japan.It serves as a unique handbook that aids an understanding of Japanese culture through its architecture, arts, crafts, cinema, and literature. It gives an insight into the essence of Japanese culture, identifying its specific qualities and characteristics from ukiyo-e to Tadao Ando. The author draws connections between art, religion, history, philosophy, and mythology, using the links to frame specific examples of Japanese cultural memes. The book features over 150 illustrations ranging from the traditional to thecontemporary. Japan Style is a perfect introduction to Japanese style and culture.

Kitagawa Utamaro

Woodblock Prints from the British Museum
Author: Utamaro Kitagawa,Julian Opie,Timothy Clark,Julie Nelson Davis,British Museum,Ikon Gallery
Publisher: Ikon Gallery
ISBN: 9781904864660
Category: Color prints, Japanese
Page: 135
View: 6539

Exhibition held at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 22 Sept.-14 Nov. 2010.

Carlo Ancelotti

The Beautiful Game of an Ordinary Genius
Author: Carlo Ancelotti,Alessandro Alciato
Publisher: Rizzoli Publications
ISBN: 0847835588
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 272
View: 9326

The entertaining, revealing, and controversial bestselling autobiography of one of the most respected figures in the world of soccer. Carlo Ancelotti is one of only six people to have won the Champions League—European soccer’s most coveted trophy—as both player and coach. After a successful career playing for several of the most important teams in Italy—and for the Italian national team—Ancelotti went on to become one of the most acclaimed and outspoken coaches in European football, managing Italian giants Parma, Juventus, and Milan before moving to Chelsea, one of the Premier League’s most successful clubs, in 2009. The book moves from anecdotes of his life growing up in Reggio Emilia to stories of his time playing among the best footballers in the world. With a characteristic mixture of sharp insight and humor, Ancelotti explores the differences between the Italian and the English games, shares his thoughts on soccer’s future with the MLS in America, and reflects on the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. With a preface by the legendary former captain of the Italian national team, Paolo Maldini, this book is at once a tactician’s bible from one of the world’s most celebrated footballing minds, the fascinating story of an ordinary man reaching great heights, and in part a revealing tell-all from an outspoken insider in the cut-throat world of European soccer. The perfect book for anyone with a passion for the beautiful game.

Utamaro Revealed

A Guide to Subjects, Themes & Motifs
Author: Gina Collia-Suzuki
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780955979606
Category: Ukiyoe
Page: 206
View: 8061

Kitagawa Utamaro is one of the most well-known figures in the history of Japanese art, renowned for his portraits of beautiful women. He is recognised as having been the leading light of the Ukiyo-e School during its golden age, and his influence upon the work of Western artists has been beyond measure. He produced in the region of 2,000 woodblock prints, approximately one third of which take their subjects from the licensed pleasure quarter of Edo, with the remainder being made up of images of popular beauties, pairs of famous lovers, historical and mythical figures, domestic scenes, and the physiognomic studies for which he is best-known. With 90 reproductions of the artist s prints, designs grouped and discussed according to subject, and with illustrations of publishers marks, artist s signatures, and the names of figures commonly inscribed upon his works, this reference guide provides the most comprehensive resource for identifying the subjects portrayed in Utamaro s prints to date."

Japanese Mythology A to Z

Author: Jeremy Roberts
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 1438128029
Category: Electronic books
Page: 163
View: 9938

In a world thought to have been created--and nearly destroyed--by the primordial gods Izanagi and Izanami, mythic heroes battled ferocious dragons and giant spiders, while ordinary bamboo cutters and farmers made unexpected contact with the supernatural. Japanese Mythology A to Z, Second Edition is a valuable, colorful reference for anyone with an interest in mythology or Japanese culture.Coverage includes:

Japanese Prints

Ukiyo-e in Edo, 1700-1900
Author: Ellis Tinios
Publisher: Lund Humphries Publishers
ISBN: 9781848220768
Category: Art
Page: 143
View: 5561

This new, beautifully illustrated introduction to Japanese woodblock prints takes a fresh and vivid approach to the most familiar and widely appreciated of all the traditional Japanese arts in the west, showing how recent research has opened up a new, wider understanding of these prints and their role in Japanese history and society.


Author: Utamaro Kitagawa,Muneshige Narazaki,Sadao Kikuchi
Publisher: Kodansha America
Category: Prints, Japanese
Page: 96
View: 9514

The Great Wave

The Influence of Japanese Woodcuts on French Prints
Author: Colta Feller Ives
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
ISBN: 0870992287
Category: Impressionism (Art)
Page: 112
View: 2439

"After Admiral Perry broke through Japan's isolation in 1854, the current of Japanese trade flowed west again, bearing with it the colored woodcuts of Hokusai, Hiroshige, and their contemporaries. Some of the most avid collectors of these prints were the French Impressionists and Nabis, who found in them new ways to treat their own prints. In The Great Wave, Colta Feller Ives, Curator in Charge, Department of Prints and Photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, recounts the phenomenal "cult of Japan" in late nineteenth-century France and reveals through direct comparisons its particular impact on the graphic work of Manet, Degas, Cassatt, Bonnard, Vuillard, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Gauguin."

1000 Poems from the Manyoshu

The Complete Nippon Gakujutsu Shinkokai Translation
Author: Anonymous
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486123472
Category: Poetry
Page: 464
View: 4517

Features 1,000 poems from the oldest Japanese poetry anthology, chosen by a scholarly committee based on their poetic excellence and their role in revealing the Japanese national spirit and character. Text is in English only.


Erotic Art in Japan
Author: Rosina Buckland
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781468306989
Category: Art
Page: 175
View: 1190

Showcases top-selected examples of Japanese erotic art created between 1600 and 1900 including pieces by Kitagawa Utamaro and Katsushika Hokusai, demonstrating how the form reflects multiple perspectives, fantasy scenarios, opulent materials and special printing effects.