JAPANESE PRINTS DURING THE ALLIED OCCUPATION 1945-1952


JAPANESE PRINTS DURING THE ALLIED OCCUPATION 1945-1952

LAWRENCE SMITH    Book Number: 84350    Product format: Hardback

Following World War Two, much of urban Japan lay in ruins, the land occupied by foreign powers for the first time in the country's history. To many it seemed everything was lost, yet it had an ability to recover physically, economically and culturally, particularly in the visual arts. They achieved a remarkable progress in painting, calligraphy, prints, ceramics and other crafts and received unexpected appreciation from connoisseurs among the occupying forces and administrators. This book examines in detail how one school of printmakers under the leadership of Onchi Koshiro (1891-1955) met with the American graphic artist Ernst Hacker (1917-87). He had been posted to Tokyo in spring 1945, with Onchi and his circle and with Munakata Shiko (1903-75), who was then almost unknown. Prints and archives acquired by Hacker at the time and recently given to the British Museum by his widow form the basis of this remarkable study. With 40 colour and 75 black and white illustrations, here is one of Japan's greatest print artists of the 20th century. Rendered to the highest quality, the catalogue includes such items as Plum Tree Garden colour woodblock, Spider, a woman dressed like a Geisha, After the Bath, home life and customs in Japan, a black cat, beautiful mountains and countryside scenes. 128 pages, 9" x 11". 2002 First Edition.
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ISBN 9781588860194
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