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200 Japanese Woodblock Prints From Over Two Centuries in One Book

Japanese Woodblock Prints Book by Taschen

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If you love Japanese art, this recent book release from Taschen is sure to pique your interest. Titled Japanese Woodblock Prints (1680- 1983), the 622-page hardcover edition chronicles over two centuries of the one-of-a-kind art form, from breathtaking landscapes to vibrant images of mythical creatures.

Taschen spent 3 years putting together the stunning collection of 200 reproduced Japanese woodblock prints from the archives of museums and private collections across the globe. It comprises the work of 89 artists in 7 chapters organized chronologically that trace the history of the age-old medium from 1680 to 1938. It also includes 17 fold-out images, a full appendix listing the artists, the titles of the woodblock prints, as well as editorial notes by author Andreas Marks, head of the Japanese and Korean Art Department at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

The book covers a broad range of woodblock print masters’ subjects as well as the stories behind each motif. “We discover the four pillars of the woodblock print—beauties, actors, landscapes, and bird-and-flower compositions—alongside depictions of sumo wrestlers, kabuki actors, or enticing courtesans—rock stars who populated the ‘floating world' and whose fan bases fueled the frenzied production of woodblock prints,” say Taschen. “We delve into the horrifying and the obscure in prints where demons, ghosts, man-eaters, and otherworldly creatures torment the living—stunning images that continue to influence Japanese manga, film, and video games to this day.”

Want to add this visual history book to your collection? You can buy Japanese Woodblock Prints (1680- 1983) on the Taschen website now.

This new book chronicles over two centuries of Japanese woodblock prints from 1680 to 1938.

Japanese Woodblock Prints Book by TaschenJapanese Woodblock Prints Book by Taschen

It comprises 200 prints from the work of 89 woodblock masters.

Japanese Woodblock Prints Book by Taschen

Taschen spent 3 years sourcing each image from museums and private collections around the world.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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