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Hiroshige, 100 Views of Edo

4.6  ·  Rating Details ·  83 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Hiroshige's Edo: Masterful ukiyo-e woodblock prints of Tokyo in the mid-19th century Literally meaning "pictures of the floating world," [b]ukiyo-e refers to the famous Japanese woodblock print genre[/b] that originated in the 17th century and is practically synonymous with the Western world's visual characterization of Japan. Because they could be mass produced, ukiyo-e w ...more
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Taschen (first published 1856)
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Julie Davis
Nov 18, 2013 Julie Davis rated it it was amazing
I have been leisurely perusing this book on Sunday mornings when we get up and sit on the back porch with our coffee and the dogs running crazily after squirrels and mockingbirds. (Those of you with little ones, this time will come again for you, do not despair.)

This was a Christmas gift from my husband who knows of my fondness for looking at art on those Sunday mornings. Obviously, I haven't been always examining it on the back porch or even on every Sunday. Do not judge it by my leisurely pace
Angela Stegeman
Prachtig vormgegeven met prachtige platen.
William Southwell-wright
Jan 07, 2016 William Southwell-wright rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-books
This is a captivating and incredibly beautifully rendered complete reproduction of Hiroshige's "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo. The volume is presented as a beautiful Japanese-style bound collection of the reprints, all of them reproduced as excellent quality large images, and presented in a bound box. Anyone who has any other Taschen art books will know that their presentation is always top notch, and this volume is no exception. All 120 of the original woodblock prints of the series, includin ...more
Dec 31, 2015 Jan rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully put together art book. The design of the cover is captivating, and the traditional Japanese style binding a delight. The paper quality is excellent, with each page a double fold and the soft cover in what feels like a mulberry washi.

Melanie Trede's introduction puts Hiroshige's prints in their historical context of pictures of famous places (meishoe) that date back to the 10th century and the poetry collection "One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each". Trede explores the influence
May 30, 2013 Psychophant rated it really liked it
It is difficult to score a work like this. I like a lot Japanese prints and Hiroshige's in particular, or I would not have got it (as a present). The edition is beautiful, at the same size as the original. And yet the text sometimes feels like filling, which is not surprising considering that not all the views have an anecdote or a tale associated with it.

In the end the beautiful presentation and the fact that I have the prints easy to see and find at my fingertips make me give it a high score.
Yuri Faulstich
Jan 27, 2011 Yuri Faulstich rated it it was amazing
Incredibly beautiful, as expected from a Taschen book.
The work of Hiroshige is amazing, portraying the old Edo in every possible way. By the end, you just wanna visit everyplace depicted in the series!
Shawn Buckle
An amazing collection of Hiroshige's 'Meisho Edo hyakkei'. Dissections of each print accompany a large and glossy print of all 100 hundred woodblocks. This is one of the essential collections in ukiyoe.
Mar 20, 2008 tenkai rated it it was amazing
Shelves: asia
Just got this on Amazon. Beautiful! Taschen Books publish wonderful art books. I lived in Tokyo and somehow the 19th century woodblock prints has always been a romantic notion of mine about Japan.
Jul 30, 2011 L.S. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: albums, 2011
Beautiful edition in japanese binding. The 100 views of Edo ar acompaigned by explanations.
Oct 08, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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