The prints of Isoda Koryūsai

floating world culture and its consumers in eighteenth-century Japan

By Hockley, Allen & Isoda, Koryūsai

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ISBN
978-0-29598-301-1
Publisher
Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2003.


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Library Journal

Reviewed on May 1, 2003

There's something for everyone in the latest two books on ukiyo-e, or "pictures of the floating world," a style of Japanese woodblock prints and painting popular in the Edo period (1615-1867). Hockley (art history, Dartmouth) gives us a thorough scholarly analysis of the genre, using artist Isoda Koryu- sai as a fulcrum. He illustrates the inherent problems with the discipline of ukiyo-e study: difficulties in creating a single narrative for a voluminous body of art produced by hundreds of artists over hundreds of years, the inability of collectors/connoisseurs to be objective, and the lack of knowledge in dealing with primary documents by the budding field of art historians. Hockley creates a paradigm shift when he discu...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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