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Vivid portraits of Kabuki actors on and off stage, warriors, legendary heroes and heroines; depictions of courage, loyalty, romance, passion, ghosts, dreams, and the beauty of the natural world -- all are encompassed by the prints included in Masterful Illusions. The richly illustrated book includes essays by an international group of scholars that elucidate the historic, economic, and cultural environment of Edo period Japan.
Beginning in the early nineteenth century, European collections of Japanese prints were gathered and transported far from the vibrant urban centers of Edo period (1615-1868) Japan, and today foreign collectors continue to be fascinated by Japanese prints. The collection of Anne van Biema, one of few women to become a serious collector of Japanese prints, reveals her fascination with the vigorous imagery from the Kabuki theater in the urban metropolises of Edo (now Tokyo) and Osaka, in heroic feats from Japanese history and legend, magic, dreams, and the supernatural. A less numerous but important group of prints express the beauty of nature, landscape, and poetic themes. The collection is noteworthy for its inclusion of early Kabuki actor prints, substantial holdings of prints by the artists Toyokuni (1769-1825) and Kuniyoshi (1797-1861), and of Osaka actor prints. Among the works by Kuniyoshi is a complete set of his series of fantastic stories associated with the twelve animals of the annual cycle.
Includes vivid portraits of Kabuki actors, warriors, legendary heroes, and depictions of courage, passion, ghosts, and dreams.
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Book Description University of Washington Press, 2002. Book Condition: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP94865134
Book Description University of Washington Press, 2002. Book Condition: Very Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP96407031
Book Description Univ of Washington Pr, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0295982713
Book Description University of Washington Press. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Fine. 0295982713 copy in pristine condition, appears unread. Bookseller Inventory # ARTBK11051510
Book Description Book Condition: Good. Book Condition: Good. Bookseller Inventory # 97802959827174.0
Book Description University of Washington Press, U.S.A., 2002. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Book is in near fine condition. 362 pp with 133 color plates. Bookplate. Text is clean. Bookseller Inventory # 009879
Book Description The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery/University of Washington Press, 2002. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Oversized softcover. Full-color pictorial wraps, with white, green and black lettering on the spine. No date listed on title page. Copyright page dated 2002. 362 pages. Very good condition. Light wear to head of spine. Binding is a little cocked, but still tight. Pages are clean and unmarked. Illustrated throughout with reproductions of artworks, in both black-and-white and full color. Published in conjunction with a 2002 exhibition at the Sackler Gallery, in Washington, D.C., of Japanese prints. This is an oversized (and overweight) book. Extra shipping charges may be required for international or priority delivery. Bookseller Inventory # Fred7-4260
Book Description University of Washington Press 2002-09, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: good. 0295982713. Bookseller Inventory # 563341
Book Description University of Washington Press, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P020295982713
Book Description The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution / University of Washington Press, Washington, D.C., 2002. Softcover. Book Condition: VG. Light blue & color illus. wraps, French flaps, 362 pp., 133 color plates, many BW illus.; weighs 4.5 lbs. Issued in conjunction with a 2002-2003 exhibition "of Japanese prints from the Edu period (1615-1868). They come from a colelction of more than three hundred ukioy-e prints acquired by Anne van Biema since the 1960s, and represent her personal choices from the tens of thousands of woodblock prints published in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The prints selected for this publication and exhibition reveal how artistic imagination and superlative technical skill combined to create compelling images of the actors and courtesans of the urban demimonde, legendary heroes and villains, classical and contemporary literary themes. and the natural world." (dj) With thematic essays by Ann Yonemura, C. Andrew Gerstle, Elizabeth de Sabato Swinton, and Joshua A. Mostow. The main illustrated and annotated catalogue showcases 133 prints in full color; additional entries in the collection are included as small listings with BW illus. Includes a chronology of Japanese historical periods, a glossary of Japanese terms, a bibliography, and fine illustrations. Bookseller Inventory # 148741