Hiroshige: One Hundred Views of Edo
Literally meaning "pictures of the floating world," ukiyo-e refers to the famous Japanese woodblock print genre that originated in the seventeenth century and is practically synonymous with the Western world's visual characterization of Japan, traditionally depicting city life, entertainment, beautiful women, kabuki actors, and landscapes. Because ukiyo-e could be mass produced, it was often used for fans, New Year's greeting cards, single prints, and book illustrations. The influence of ukiyo-e in Europe and the United States, often referred to as japonisme, can be seen in everything from Impressionist painting to today's manga and anime illustration. This reprint is made from one of the finest complete original sets of woodblock prints belonging to the Ota Memorial Museum of Art in Tokyo.
Dimensions: 94⁄5 in. W x 123⁄10 in. H