The Japanese print
Games of necks in mirrors, expressions of colourful actors, rain hatching on bridges, blues from afar on the road to Tokaidô: this book offers all these enchantments. But this is not just a simple anthology of this golden age of printmaking, which goes from Harunobu to Hiroshige, from Sharaku to Hokusai. Nelly Delay traces the long history of the printmaking genre, which spans more than two centuries, from the "primitive" - illustrating courteous stories and classical poems - to the Meiji era and its extensions.
The subject is supported by an exceptional iconography: nearly five hundred prints are reproduced here, which come from major collections all over the world.
The rich documentation presented at the end of the book makes it a true "reference book" that will be a precious working tool for the collector or researcher and, for the simply curious, the opportunity to discover in an entertaining way these fascinating Japanese prints.