Hokusai, First Manga Master
The first Japanese artist to become widely known in the West, Katsushika Hokusai's influence on American and European art, design and culture remains unparalleled. This book features a selection of 60 of the master's woodcut prints, culled from the complete series of the 'Manga' volumes.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Harry N. Abrams
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A very nice little book containing some of the finest pieces from Hokusai's 15-volume Manga, covering everything from examples of pots and shellfish to elaborate prints of gods and monsters. (Don't you just love the woman with the extended neck on the cover?). I appreciate that the plates take up the entire page so that the reader can linger over the images without being bothered by out-of-place text or petty page margins. My favorite pictures are the ones of animals and plants. The detail is st...more
May 01, 2014 Taruia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Art buffs and Mangaistas
This is a tremendous book which has decided to err on the side of fewer words and more pictures. One infuriating thing with art books, is that there are often too many words detailing some peculiar abstract point, without showing any pictures. This may be for many reasons, I'll admit, but this book uses words sparingly, and allows the pictures to tell their own stories. The translation from French to English, was a little bit dodgy, however.
This book is a must of anyone who treasures Japanese block print art. Hokusai is the world’s foremost ukiyo-e master. His works are fantastic, and they are presented masterfully in this beautiful book. This book is mostly a collection of Hokusai’s prints on high quality paper. But there is also some discussion of Hokusai and his style.