Poster, Amy G. (Introduction); Smith II, Henry D. (Introduction, Commentary on Plates); Buck, Robert (Preface). New York: The Brooklyn Museum, 1986. First Edition. First Printing. Condition (Book/DJ): Near Fine/Near Fine.
This large vintage volume features the works of artist Utagawa Hiroshige, Japanese landscape artist with 119 color plates. This is a first edition copy and contains many illustrations, paintings and facsimile woodblock plates.
Utagawa Hiroshige was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist, considered the last great master of that tradition. Hiroshige is best known for his landscapes. The subjects of his work were atypical of the ukiyo-e genre, whose typical focus was on beautiful women, popular actors, and other scenes of the urban pleasure districts of Japan's Edo period (1603–1868). The popular Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series by Hokusai was a strong influence on Hiroshige's choice of subject, though Hiroshige's approach was more poetic and ambient than Hokusai's bolder, more formal prints. (Courtesy Wikipedia)