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Hiroshige, 100 Views of Edo

4.62 of 5 stars 4.62  ·  rating details  ·  58 ratings  ·  7 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
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
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
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 5 of 5 stars
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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.
Beautiful edition in japanese binding. The 100 views of Edo ar acompaigned by explanations.
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