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1. International Ukiyo-e Society
Dai Ukiyoe ten
Ukiyo-e: A Journey Through the Floating World.
Tokyo, 2014. 363 pp. over 440 colour ills. 29,5x22,5 cm.
Overview of all the major works in ukiyo-e, fantastic exhibition organised to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the International Ukiyo-e Society, based in Japan.
2. Heckmanns, Friedrich W.
Bilder einer fliessenden verganglichen Welt
Japanische Farbholzschnitte des 19. Jahrhunderts. Schenkung Dr. H. Luhdorf.
Dusseldorf, 1990. 339 pp. 14 colour, 438 b/w ills. 29x24 cm.
Interesting catalogue with many 19th century prints by Kuniyoshi, Kunisada and many others. Strong emphasis on kabuki prints. Contains a significant section on Osaka prints.
3. Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts
Edo no hana, ukiyo-e ten: nishiki-e hanga no seiritsu katei.
Flowers of Edo-ukiyo-e: making process of the woodblock colour print.
Tokyo, 1999. 322 pp. Numerous colour & some b/w ills. 30x23 cm.
Beautiful exhibition catalogue, divided into two sections: "Ukiyo-e with numbers in their titles", like the "six immortal poets", and "Lineage of colour woodblock prints" in which woodblock prints prior to ukiyo-e are presented, including many examples of Chinese ornamental writing paper. Foreword and list of exhibits in English.
4. Mayr, Birgit & Sasaki Toshihaku (herausg
Japanische Holzschnitte im Volkerkundemuseum Heidelberg
Bestandskatalog Japanische Kulturguter in Deutschland 1-3.
Tokyo, 2003. 950 pp. Numerous small colour ills. 30x22 cm.
Catalogue of the holdings of Japanese woodblockprints in the Museum fur Volkerkunde in Heidelberg. A cooperative (German-Japanese) effort to catalogue all Japanese art- and other objects in public collections in Germany. Vol 1-3, complete. Vol. 3 covers netsuke, inro and tsuba.
5. Pins, Jacob
The Jacob Pins collection of Japanese prints, paintings and sculptures
Jerusalem, 1994. 275 pp. 95 colour, 254 b/w ills. 30x24 cm.
Extensive catalogue of the Jacob Pins collection, exhibited in 1994 in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Includes a fine group of hashira-e, as well as numerous actor prints. Some paintings and sculptures are also included.
6. Nagata, Seiji
The New York and New Jersey Ukiyo-e Collection
The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New York Public Library/The Newark M.
Tokyo, 1997. 243 pp. 304 colour ills. Paper
Very fine exhibition catalogue including essays on the history of the various Japanese collections in New York and New Yersey. Large number of excellent illustrations, a.o. 36 views of Mt. Fuji by Hiroshige. Recommended.
7. Newland, Amy Reigle (ed.)
The commercial and cultural climate of Japanese printmaking
Amsterdam, 2004. 176 pp. 50 colour & b/w ills. 25x18 cm.
Collection of essays based on lectures and talks presented at the First International Conference on Ukiyo-e organized by Hotei Publishing in cooperation with the IIAS, held in Leiden in 2001
8. Fukuoka City Museum
Yurei yokaiga daizenshu
Japanese Ghosts and Eerie Creatures.
203 pp. numerous colour ills.
Overview of prints and paintings featuring ghosts and creatures from Japanese folklore, with background information in Japanese and titles in English.
9. Asano, Shugo and Timothy Clark
The passionate art of Kitagawa Utamaro
London, 1995. 250pp, 250 pp. 650 b/w and 600 coloured illustr.. 30x23 cm.
Fabulous, thorough, detailed catalogue with almost 500 colour illustrations and 300 pages of explanatory text. The most important work of reference. This edition is the censored edition, lacking the 8 pages of shunga. Now out of print.
10. Tobu Museum of Art
Dai Sharaku ten
The Big Sharaku exhibition.
Tokyo, 1995. 215 pp. 180 colour ills. 29x22 cm.
At that time the most comprehensive Sharaku exhibition ever held, covering almost his complete oeuvre. Excellently illustrated, insightful introductions (a.o. by Roger Keyes) Bilingual Japanese-English.
11. Edo-Tokyo Museum
Sharaku and other hidden masterworks from the land of Nausicaa
Sharaku maboroshi no nikuhitsuga.
Tokyo, 2009. 279 p. colour. 30x23cm cm.
This beautiful exhibition catalogue in commemoration of 110 years friendship between Japan and Greece is centered around a recently discovered Sharaku fan print in the Museum of Asian Art in Corfu. Extensive essays and description of the exhibits in English.
12. David Waterhouse
The Harunobu Decade
A Catalogue of Woodcuts by Suzuki Harunobu and his followers in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Leiden, 2013. 750 pp.; 2 vols. in slipcase. over 700 colour illus. EUR 159,00
Catalogue of all the Harunobu prints of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The manuscript took 20 years to complete: it is the most definitive study of Harunobu, including multiple illustrations of the same designs. Must be in every library.
13. Tobu Museum of Art
Dai Sharaku ten
The Big Sharaku exhibition.
Tokyo, 1995. 215 pp. 180 colour ills. 29x22 cm.
The most comprehensive exhibition of the works of Sharaku ever held, covering almost his complete oeuvre. Excellently illustrated, insightfull introductions (a.o. by Roger Keyes) Bilingual Japanese-English.
14. Chiba City Museum of Art
Hishikawa Moronobu exhibition
Hishikawa Moronobu ten.
Chiba, 2000. 235 pp. Numerous colour and b/w ills. 30x23 cm.
This impressive exhibition catalogue of the works of 17th century artist Moronobu, is divided into three sections: paintings, prints and illustrated books. List of works in English.
15. Riccar Art Museum
Katsukawa-ha no yakusha-e ten
The theatrical prints of the Katsukawa masters.
Tokyo, 1992. 64 pp. 58 colour, 57 b/w ills. Paper
Nice catalogue showing a large number of theatrical prints in predominantly hosoban formats. Recommended. (Japanese text only)
16. Chiba City Museum of Art
Suzuki Harunobu: Edo no kararisuto tojo
Chiba, 2002. 311 pp. 265 colour, some b/w ills. 29x23 cm.
The finest prints gathered from major museums from around the world. A typical high quality publication from the Chiba City Museum. Unfortunately Harunobu's shunga have been excluded from this study. Captions partly and some essays in English. Rae and long out of print
17. University Art Museum
Geidai collection: Utagawa Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo Hyakkei)
Utagawa Hiroshige "Meisho Edo hyakkei" no subete.
Tokyo, 2007. 164 pp. 120 colour ills. 26x19 cm.
Nicely illustrated museum catalogue. In Japanese, but captions, foreword and essays also in English. Important discussion of Hiroshige's compositional technique used within the 100 views series.
18. Okuda Atsuko
Hiroshige fan prints
Hiroshige no uchiwae: Shirarezaru ukiyoe.
Tokyo, 2010. 163 pp. Numerous color ills. 29x23 cm.
Catalogue of Hiroshige's fan prints. Titles of prints also in English, otherwise Japanese.
The most extensive catalogue on the subject with extremely useful listings per series.
19. Uhlenbeck, Chris and Marije Jansen,
Hiroshige: Shaping the image of Japan.
Leiden, Hotei Publishing. 112 pp. Many colour illustrations. 29.5x24.5 cm.
Exhibition catalogue based on prints from various private and Dutch museum collections. Includes essay on Hiroshige 's compositional technique.
20. Shiraishi, Tsutomu
Hiroshige Tokaido gojusantsugi. Keio gijuku Takahashi Seiichiro ukiyo-e korekushon
53 views of the Tokaido. The Ukiyo-e collection of Takahashi Seiichiro.
Tokyo, 1989. 151 pp. 461 colour ills. 38x27 cm.
Cloth in slipcase
Large and useful. Compares the various representations of the stations of the Tokaido in the work of Hiroshige. Unfortunately Japanese text only. Very good colour quality.
21. Rappard-Boon, Charlotte van
Hiroshige and the Utagawa school
Japanese Prints c. 1810-1860.
Amsterdam, 1984. 164 pp. 10 colour, 261 b/w ill. 30x21 cm.
The fourth part of the series of catalogues on Japanese prints in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Splendid selection of Kunisada actor surimono. Includes glossary, bibliography and index. Highly recommended. Out of print.
22. Jansen, Marije
Hiroshige's journey in the 60-odd provinces
Amsterdam, 2004. 160 pp. 70 colour, some b/w ills. 30x21 cm.
Hotei Publishing publication, , devoted to Hiroshige's 60-odd provinces set. The author compares the set owned by Gerhard Pulverer with a number of other sets in order to reconstruct the sequence in which they were printed and to analyze how the series was marketed.
23. Tokai Bank
Hiroshige, a master of landscape woodblock prints
Fifty-three stages of the Tokaido, Tokaido Harimaze-zue, One hundred famous views of Edo.
Nagoya, 1991. 249 pp. Over 300 colour ills. Paper, in slipcase
Extremely useful private publication by the Tokai bank, illustrating Hiroshige's various Tokaido series in colour, per station. Recommended. English captions.
24. Narazaki Muneshige
Hokusai to Hiroshige I - VIII
Tokyo, 1964-65. Approx. 140 pp. 100 colour ills each volume. 20x19 cm.
A very useful series illustrating all landscape series by Hokusai and Hiroshige including some of the rarer sets. All colour and Japanese text only. From the series 'Masterworks of Ukiyo-e'.
25. Hiraki Museum
Santo meisho-e ten- Hiroshige egaku miyako-naniwa-edo
Exhibition of illustrations by Hiroshige of the three capitals.
Yokohama, 1993. c. 80 pp. 36 full page colour, 20 b/w ills. 25x28 cm.
Good catalogue illustrating prints from the Toto meisho, Kyoto meisho and Naniwa meisho zue series. Text entirely in Japanese. Good quality illustrations
26. Tamba Tsuneo
The art of Hiroshige
Tokyo, 1965. 216, 20, 76 pp. 120 colour, 380 b/w ill. 34x26 cm.
Highly important study on Hiroshige by one of the foremost scholars. With ample illustrative material. Numbered edition of 1000 copies. Mostly in Japanese, but also includes 41 pages of English text. No. 476 of a limited edition of 1000.
27. Smith II, Henry D.
Hokusai: Hundert Ansichten des Berges Fuiji
Muenchen, 1988. 224 pp. 103 b/w ills. 25x17 cm.
German edition of this facsimile of Hokusai's most famous book. Reproductions of all illustrations, colophons and title pages. With a summary of the current views on the various editions. German text only.
28. Kerlen, H.
Catalogue of pre-Meiji Japanese books and maps in public collections in the Netherlands
Amsterdam, 1995. ca. 1000 pp. 3 colour, 33 b/w ills. 17x25 cm.
Excellent reference work, containing detailed descriptions of Japanese illustrated books in Dutch public collections, with nearly 2000 titles and extensive indexes. Indispensable for all dealers and book collectors. Used, Now out of print.
29. Yokoya, Kenichiro
Zuancho in Kyoto: textile design books for the kimono trade
Stanford, 2008. 34 pp. Colour ills. 26x19 cm.
One of the very few publications on this subject in English.
30. Edo-Tokyo Museum
Settan & Settei
Revealing the universe of Settan & Settei, the artists in the Edo era..
Tokyo, 1997. 199 pp. Numerous colour ills. 30x21 cm.
Interesting catalogue on two Kamigata artists who devoted their lives to the production of meisho-ki, guidebooks. Deals with their paintings as well. Facsimiles of signatures included. Recommended. Japanese/English text.
31. Tokyo National Museum et al.
Arts of East and West from World Expositions 1855-1900: Paris, Vienna and Chicago
Commemorating the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan..
[Tokyo], 2004. 354 pp. Numerous colour and b/w ills. 30x23 cm.
This impressive exhibition catalogue is published in commemoration of the forthcoming 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan. The exhibition aims to explore the aesthetics of 19th century World Expositions and their impact on Japanese decorative arts and Western fine arts. Captions and list of exhibits also in English, some of the essays (written by French authors) are bilingual Japanese-French.
32. Kigi, Yasuki & Willibald Veit a.o.
French painting and Ukiyo-e
The eye of Tadamasa Haysahi, a bridge between the eastern and western cultures.
Tokyo, 1996. 199 pp. 164 colour ills. 29x22 cm.
Extremely interesting catalogue on Tadamasa Hayashi, the Japanese art dealer who, in the late 19th century, made such an important contribution to the formation of the early collections of Japanese art in Paris. Includes some essays on the life, times and activities of Hayashi and illustrates objects sold or collected by him. Text (partly) in Japanese, English, German and French.
33. Suntory Museum of Art
Kabuki: Edo no shibaigoya - Kabukiza shinkaiba kinenten
Kabuki: Theatres during the Edo Period - In Commemoration of the Opening of the New Kabukiza.
Tokyo, 2013. 287 pp. over 240 colour ills, some b/w ills. EUR 44,00
Overview of works related to Kabuki in the Edo period, from prints featuring the actors and theaters, programme leaflets, paintings done by actors to kimono designs.
Kunisada & Kuniyoshi
34. Andreas Marks
Kunisada's Tokaido: Riddles in Japanese Woodblock Prints
Leiden, 2013. 359 pp.. numurous colour ills.. 30,3x24,5 cm.
Overview and analyzations of Kunisada's many different series in which he pairs beauties and actors with the 53 stations of the Tokaido.
35. Iwakiri Yuriko & Amy Newland
Leiden, 2013. 167 pp. 136 colour ills. 29,7x24,4 cm.
Beautiful catalogue from a Japanese private collection with numerous rare and seldom illustrated items.
36. Suzuki Juzo
Tokyo, 1992. 281 pp. 463 colour ills, some fold outs. 39x28 cm.
Cloth, in slipcase
The most complete overview of the work of Kuniyoshi. Excellent colour illustrations, Japanese text with English captions. In slipcase.
37. Kaneko Nobuhisa
Neko to Kuniyoshi
Cats in Ukiyo-e: Japanese woodblock prints of Utagawa Kuniyoshi.
Tokyo, 2012. p.192. 76 colour ills.. paperback
38. Klompmakers, Inge
Of brigands and bravery
Kuniyoshi's heroes of the Suikoden.
Leiden, 1998. 218 pp. c. 100 colour ills. Cloth, dustjacket
The first full colour rendition of Kuniyoshi's first major warrior series. With introduction on Kuniyoshi's career, the Chinese and Japanese history of the Suikoden story and four appendices. Hardcover, now out of print
39. Dailey, Merlin C. (introduction)
The Raymond A. Bidwell collection of prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Springfield, 1968. 167 pp. 22 colour, 116 b/w ills. 28x22 cm.
A fully illustrated catalogue of an exhibition, held at the Massachusetts Museum of Fine Arts in 1968.
40. National Museum of Japanese History
The Misemono show collection
Illustrated catalogue of National Museum of Japanese History, vol.9.
Sakura-shi, 2010. 341 pp. Ca. 800 b/w, and 15 colour ills. 30x21cm cm.
First detailed discussion of prints of shows and performances from the Edo period until early 20th century.
41. Josai Kokusai Daigaku Mizuta Museum
Tsukioka Kogyo, a modern painter of noh
Kindai no nogaka Tsukioka Kogyo ten.
Togane-shi, 2005. 83 pp. Numerous colour ills. 30x23cm cm.
Catalog of an exhibition on the print artist Kogyo. In Japanese, list of works and foreword in English. Includes a complete illustration of his two major prints series of the noh theatre.
42. Kochi Prefectural Museum of Art
Yamamoto Shoun ten, Exhibition of Yamamoto Shoun
Special Exhibition Collection of the Museum of Art, Kochi.
Tokyo, 2006. 92. 152 colour and 6 b/w ills. 30x23 cm.
Catalogue entirely in Japanese, with English captions. Illustrates Shoun's major print series as well as numerous paintings.
43. Hiraki Museum
Meiji bijin fuzoku (botsugo hyaku nen).
Tokyo, 2012. p 131, 161 colour ills. 20 x 20 cm.
One of the last Hiraki catalogues to be made, just before the museum came to close. Illustrates many of his serial works, including Jidai Kagami and Shin bijin, and his beautiful aizuri-e diptychs (Japanese text only)
44. Coats, Bruce A.
Modernity and Nostalgia in Japanese Prints.
Leiden, 2006. 208. 236 colour ills and several colour figures. 29x29 cm.
The only monograph on the Meiji print artist Chikanobu. Typical Hotei Publishing publication. Excellent descriptions of the prints, large size images, and fascinating text
45. Mikoshi bijutsukan
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi ten: saigo no tensai ukiyo-e shi
Exhibition of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, the last of major ukiyoe artists.
s.l., 1995. 158 pp. 44 colour, 225 b/w ills. 26x19 cm.
46. John Stevenson
Yoshitoshi's Strange Tales
Leiden, 2005. 160 pp. circa 40 colour ills. EUR 49,00
Overview of Yoshitoshi's series One Hundred Tales of Japan and China, with large colour illustrations of the prints.
47. Stevenson, John
Yoshitoshi's one hundred aspects of the moon
Boulder, 2013. 272 pp. 100 colour plates.
Fine monograph on Yoshitoshi's main series. All prints are illustrated in full colour and almost full size. With excellent explanatory texts Once again available, the third reprint,
48. Iwakiri Shinichiro e.a.
Hashiguchi Goyo ten - Exhibition of Hashiguchi Goyo
Seitan 130 nen - 130 anniversary.
Tokyo, 2011. 211. 418 colour ills and small 58 b/w fig.. 26x19 cm.
Exhibition catalog from Chiba Museum (Birth memorial exhibition). Japanese texts only. (Japanese text only)
49. Tokyo dento mokuhanga kogei kyokai (ed.)
Ima ni ikiru Ukiyo-e
Tokyo, 1997. 83 pp. 86 colour ills. 29x12 cm.
Attractive catalogue containing fine examples of Meiji, Taisho and Showa period woodblockprints.
50. Fuchu Art Museum
Imeeji no sakebi: pawa obu sosaku mokuhanga
Images Shout: The Power of Creative Woodcut Prints.
Tokyo, 2012. 91 pp. 158 colour ills. 25,8x18,2 cm.
Interesting full colour overview of some of the minor Sosaku hanga artists.
51. Brown, Ken et. al.
Kawase Hasui. The complete woodblock prints
Amsterdam, 2003. 600 pp. Vol. 1: 3 colour, 131 b/w, Vol. 2, 613 colour ills. 30x25 cm.
Cloth, dustjacket, slipcase
Hotei Publishing catalogue raisonne of the work of Kawase Hasui. With over 600 colour illustrations, appendices with seals, signatures and small prints, introductory essays and descriptions of all prints, the most complete overview of Hasui's work for a long time to come.New edition is being produced, with added material on DVD: pre-order!
52. Yamaguchi Keizoro et al.
Kawase Hasui: jojo no shi, Taisho-Showa no fukei hangaka
Yamanashi, 1990. 132 pp. 200 colour ills. 26x22 cm.
Excellent exhibition catalogue of the works of Kawase Hasui. Descriptions in Japanese and English, other text Japanese only. Includes a useful overview of signatures and publisher's seals. Out of print and very rare.
53. Kato, Junzo
Kindai nihon hanga taikei I-III
An outline of modern Japanese woodblock prints, Vols. I-III.
Tokyo, 1975-76. Vol.I: 290, II: 302, III: 291 pp. Vol.I: 238, II: 325. III: 281 colour ills. 42x31 cm.
Cloth, in slipcase and box
Excellent and comprehensive overview of shin-hanga and sosaku-hanga printmaking. With brief English captions. Rare and long out of print.
54. Chiba City Art Museum
Nihon no hanga 1900-1910. Vol. 1 (1997)
Nihon no hanga 1911-1920. Vol. 2 (1999)
Nihon no hanga 1921-1930. Vol. 3 (2001)
Nihon no hanga 1931-1940. Vol. 4 (2004)
Nihon no hanga 1941-1950. Vol. 5 (2007)
Chiba, 1997-2007 Paper, 24 x 20 cm
The important complete series of five volumes from the Chiba City Museum covering the Japanese graphic arts between 1900 and 1950. Deals with Sosaku- as well as Shin-hanga and also includes book covers, ex libris, advertisements etc. Small but good quality illustrations. Japanese text only.
55. Hokkaidoritsu Hakodate Bijutsukan
Maeda Masao ten, Exhibition of Maeda Masao
Hokkaido, 2006. 127 pp. Many colour ills. 30x21 cm.
Overview of the work of the Sosaku hanga artist Maeda Masao. No English, good colour.
56. Kobe Shinbunsha
Taisho roman, Showa modan ten: Yumeji, Kasho to sono jidai
s.l., 2002. 115 pp. Numerous colour ills. 28x23 cm.
Paintings, drawings and prints portraying mostly female images. Focus is on the romanticism of the Taisho era, and the modernism of the early Showa era, mainly represented by Takehisa Yumeji and Takabatake Kasho, but this interesting catalogue also contains many other artists from the first half of the 20th century. In Japanese only.
57. Stephens, Amy Reigle (ed)
The New Wave
Twentieth-century Japanese prints from the R.O. Muller collection.
London, 1992. 228 pp. 330 mainly colour ills. 29x29 cm.
The most comprehensive book on the Shin Hanga movement. Illustrates 300 prints, largely in colour, discusses in detail more than 50 artists. Out of print and very hard to get.
58. Chigasaki Art Museum
Tsuchiya Koitsuten. Fuko raisan
Tsuchiya Koitsu: adoration of scenery..
Chigasaki, 1999. 77 pp. 147 colour ills. 21x30 cm.
Nice publication on Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870-1949), who studied with the carver Matsuzaki, who himself worked for the artist Kobayashi Kiyochika.
59. Carolyn M. Putney, Kendall H. Brown, ao
Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints
Toledo, 2013. 348 pp. 343 colour ills. 31x26,3 cm.
Catalogue with Shin hanga from the collection of the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio, where in 1930 the first exhibition of then-contemporary Japanese prints was held.
60. Shimada City Museum
Kawase Hasui : the landscape woodblock prints of the Taisho and Showa periods
Kawase Hasui: Taisho, Showa no fukei hangaka.
Shimada (Fukuoka), 2005. 137pp. 255 colour ills. 31 x 22 cm.
Museum catalogue. In Japanese, but captions and list of works also in English.
61. Suzakashi hanga bijutsukan
Hiratsuka Unichi hanga bijutsukan
Suzaka, 1991. Approx. 100 pp. 4 colour, 59 b/w ills. 28 x 22 cm.
Catalogue in commemoration of the opening of the Hiratsuka Unichi Museum (connected to the Suzuka Hanga Museum) in 1991. Hiratsuka (1895-1997) was a member of the Nihon sosaku hanga kyokai and a founding member of the Nihon hanga kyokai. In Japanese, but with a foreword by Oliver Statler in English.
Nagasaki & Yokohama:
62. Kanagawa kenritsu hakubutsukan
Charles Wirgman, an English painter who came from London to Yokohama in the end of the 19th century
Charuzu Waguman: Rondon-hatsu, Yokohama-yuki aru Igirisujin gaka no bakumatsu, Meiji.
Yokohama, 1990. 237pp. 70 colour, numerous b/w ills. 24x25 cm.
Interesting catalogue, published in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the death of Charles Wirgman (1832-1891), one of the strongest western influences on the development of the Meiji art of Japan. Many paintings and sketches, but also his contributions for the 'Illustrated London News'.
63. Kanagawa Prefectural Museum (ed.)
On Yokohama Ukiyo-e.
Yokohama, 1979. 553 pp. 294 colour, 359 b/w ills. 44x31 cm.
The ultimate work on Yokohama-e. Includes c. 95% of all Yokohama-e published. With interesting charts indicating, for example, the output per artist. Recommended. Japanese text, with captions in English.
64. Tamba, Tsuneo
Reflection of the Cultures of Yokohama in Days of the Port Opening.
Tokyo, 1962. 15, 29 pp. text. 13 colour, 416 b/w ills. 30x22 cm.
Standard work in the field of Yokohama prints and books, as well as on Perry material. All 419 items are illustrated. Captions in English. Rare.
65. Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of history
Yokohama ukiyo-e to soratobu eshi Gountei Sadahide
Yokohama ukiyo-e and the flying printmaster Gountei Sadahide.
Yokohama, 1997. 153 pp. 236 ills, mostly in colour. 30x22 cm.
First overview of the work of Sadahide, best known for his numerous prints of Yokohama. Includes some illustrated books and drawings. Japanese text only.
66. Luhl, Hendrick
Helden Schurken Kurtisanen
Unna, 1988. 160 pp. 297 colour ills. 22x24 cm.
Excellent overview of Osaka prints, presenting 160 artists with 294 prints, short biographies and signatures, lists of plays and actors figuring in the prints. With accompanying English translation of the text.
67. Schwaab, Dean J.
London, 1989. 288 pp. 317 colour ills. 25x30 cm.
Classic monograph on Osaka prints. Its main merit lies in the fact that all prints (over 300) are illustrated in full colour and that the non-theatrical prints receive considerable attention. Dustjacket slightly damaged.
68. Asano Shugo
Cultivated gifts: surimono of the Edo period
Chiba, 1997. 215 pp. 308 colour ills. 30x23 cm.
Fine ground breaking catalogue on surimono, produced for an exhibition at the Chiba Art Museum. Highly original selection of prints with excellent captions in English. Out of print and rare.
69. Mirviss, Joan B. & John Carpenter
Jewels of Japanese printmaking: surimono of the Bunka-Bunsei era 1804-1830
Amerika no 3 josei ga atsumeta Bunka, Bunsei no shugyoku no surimono.
Tokyo, 2000. 170 pp. 122 colour, 12 b/w ills. 30x23 cm.
This exhibition catalogue brings together the best surimono from three superb American collections. It offers the reader a broad view of the sophistication of the poetry groups that usually commisioned them, the technical mastery of artisans who physically created them, and most importantly, the artistic visions of the artist who designed them. Bilingual English-Japanese.
70. Keyes, Roger S
Privately Published Japanese Prints in the Spencer Museum of Art.
Tokyo, 1984. 199 pp. 60 colour, 268 b/w ills.. 30x22 cm.
Useful catalogue of the Surimono in the Spencer Museum. Includes a full colour section, followed by a black and white section with the artistically less interesting prints.
71. Clark, Timothy
Demon of painting
The art of Kawanabe Kyosai.
London, 1994. 192 pp. 107 colour, 152 b/w ills. 28x22 cm.
Excellent exhibition catalogue on the versatile Kawanabe Kyosai. Tim Clark has written fine descriptions of all items included in the exhibition, providing true insight into the mind and times of the artist.
72. Hekinan City Fujii Tatsukichi Museum
Gaka toshite no Fujii Tatsukichi - Fujii Tatsukichi as a painter
Sosaku no genten o motomete - The search of the origin of his work.
131. 68 colour ills.
Second of two catalogues devoted to the extremely important and adventurous avant garde Nihonga painter Fuji Tatsukichi. (Japanese text only)
73. Otsu City Museum of History
Baitei and Kinkok: poet painters and followers Buson "Omi" Buson
Baitei, Kinkoku: Omi Buson to yobareta gaka.
Ki Baitei (1734-1810) was a pupil of the famous poet Buson, and painted in the literati style (bunjinga) landscapes, but as is shown in the catalogue also many humorous scenes. His work was an inspiration for the ukiyo-e prints. Yokoi Kinkoku (1761-1832) started his career painting the life of the monk Honen (cat p. 63) in the colourful style of the Tosa school. In Japanese only. Extensive section with facsimiles of signatures. Useful.
74. Chiba City Museum of Art
Iwasa Matabei : the legendary ukiyoe pioneer
Iwasa Matabei : densetsu no ukiyoe kaiso.
Chiba-shi, 2004. 203 pp. Numerous colour ill. 29x23cm cm.
Catalog on the paintings of Iwasa Matabei (1578-1650), in Japan widely known as "ukiyoe Matabei" for his depictions of the floating world. Many museums and private collectors have contributed to this exhibition. Only foreword in English. (Japanese text only)
75. National Museum of Modern Art
Nugu kaiga - Undressing Paintings
Nihon no nudo 1880-1945 Japanese Nudes 188--1945.
Tokyo, 2011. 231. 97 colour ills. 21x12 cm.
Highly interesting catalogue of the nude in Japanese art, with limited captions in English. (Japanese text only)
76. Shiga Museum of Modern Art
Taishoki saiko inten no kagayaki : Taikan, Kanzan, Yukihiko, Kokei, Gyoshu : Nihonga sozo no ku
Tokyo, 2009. 199 pp. 150 colour ills. Paper
Catalog of an exhibition of Taisho nihonga includes important works by Taikan, Seison, Koka and many others.
77. Kakimori Bunko
Haiga no bi, Buson no nagare II. Buson no jidai. Kakie Bunko tokubetsuten
The beauty of haiga, the haiga school II. The period of Buson. Special exhibition by Kakie Bunko.
Itami, 1996. 83 pp. 34 coloured and many b/w ill. 27x21 cm.
Catalogue showing a wide variety of Haiga paintings, including 3 pages of facsimiles of seals. (Japanese text only)
78. Nakamura Reiko
Takeuchi Seiho ten: Kindai Nihonga no kyojin
Takeuchi Seiho (1864-1942).
Tokyo, 2013. 228 pp. 116 colour ills. 29x22,5 cm.
Modern overview of one of the most important painters of the late 19th and early 20th century. Includes his sketchbooks, paintings from his European travels. With English caption list and introduction.
79. Suntory Museum of Art
Tani Buncho: seitan 250 shunen
Tani Buncho: Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of His Birth.
Tokyo, 2013. 244 pp. 153 colour ills. 25,5x18,8 cm.
Important Buncho catalogue including images of a few of his illustrated books. With a two -page English introduction.
80. Yurei gashu - Ghost portfolio
Zenshou anzo - Sanyutei enchou kolekushon - The Sanyutei Encho collection.
Tokyo, 2000. 85. 48 colour ills and many b/w ills. 30x22 cm.
Excellent catalogue of a temple collection in Yanaka (Tokyo), which is shown every summer to generate chills down the spine, in order to create relief from the heat. (Japanese text only)