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'Birds, Beasts and Beloved Pets: Animals in Modern Japanese Prints'
Animals have long been part of the tradition of Japanese woodblock prints, spanning a variety of styles. Kuniyoshi created humorous depictions of the twelve zodiac animals, of playful anthropomorphic fish jumping around and of cats, either impersonating humans or freely being themselves. Hiroshige and Hokusai on the other hand, designed pure prints of birds and other animals often in combination with poetry. In the 20th century part of this ‘pure’ tradition of depicting birds and animals continues in the Shin hanga tradition. In the Sōsaku hanga tradition, however, a new trend can be seen: animals are shown in the countryside, in urban settings and as pets. The use of animal motifs in design books and 20th century Japanese scroll paintings will also be highlighted. The exhibition is organised by theme, based on the animal’s role in the Japanese setting.
Exhibition guide, 62 pp, pb, full colour, 112 illustrations (autumn 2018).
Euro 5.00, plus postage and packing. Outside the Netherlands only priority (airmail) is available.
'Vincent in Japan: Admired, Worshipped and Copied'
In this booklet we shed light on the appreciation and adoration of Vincent van Gogh in Japan.
Exhibition guide, 62 pp, pb, full colour, 75 illustrations (spring 2018).
'Printing Styles: Techniques of Japanese printmaking'
The most asked question in our museum has always been: how are these prints made? In this small booklet, we will give a detailed answer: highlighting woodblock printing techniques illustrated by prints from the collection. Printing Styles covers anything from traditional woodblocks to the differences in production of Shin hanga and Sōsaku hanga, special techniques, materials, and tools used printmaking.
Exhibition guide, 46 pp, pb, full colour, 50 illustrations (autumn 2017).
'Adventurous Artists: Depicting Japan and the World'
West studies East and East studies West. For our 2017 exhibition we delve into the beginnings of 20th century Japanese printmaking. In the 19th century many western artists were infatuated with anything Japanese, and with Japan opening its doors to the world and new modes of travel, a journey to this intriguing country became a possibility for some. While many notable western painters used the imagery and composition of Japanese prints as an inspiration, a few set their hearts on learning the elaborate process of woodblock printmaking.
Exhibition guide, 46 pp, pb, full colour, 87 illustrations (spring 2017).
Takehisa Yumeji (1884–1934) remains today one of the most celebrated Japanese artists. His unique style — characterised by a romantic, melancholic image of women—has remained popular with contemporary Japanese audiences. The six museums dedicated to his work as painter, printmaker and illustrator are testimony to his enduring appeal. Takehisa Yumeiji is the first publication outside Japan devoted to Yumeji's life and art. It chronicles the individuality of his art practice as well as the diverse sources of his creative inspiration, ranging from traditional Japanese ukiyo-e print designers such as Kitagawa Utamaro (1753–1806) to Western graphic design and modern art movements such as Jugendstil and Cubism. This fully illustrated volume features over one hundred and eighty works drawn from the Nihon no Hanga museum in Amsterdam, which boasts the largest collection of Yumeji prints outside Japan.
ISBN13: 9789004279827 (Hotei Publishing)
160 pp, pb, full colour, ca. 150 illustrations.
Euro 45.00, plus postage and packing. Outside the Netherlands only priority (airmail) is available.
'Troubled Times and Beyond: Japanese Prints 1931-1960'
For our tenth catalogue we have decided to look at the production of prints during a period when artists were dealing with the wars Japan was engaged in on the East Asian mainland and the Pacific. During the 1930s Japan was slowly changing into a militaristic nation and the government was coming down hard with censorship on all media, including woodblock prints. Prints produced during the war years are easily marginalized, excluded from artist’s biographies and summaries of their work. This overview of prints shows the early signs of militarism in the 1930s, the strain of militarism and governmental control on woodcuts during the war period and the subsequent unexpected post-war success of Japanese prints abroad as a result of the American influx.
68 pp, pb, full colour, c. 50 illustrations (autumn 2013).
'The Kansai View: Prints from Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe'
The most important developments in the field of 20th century printmaking happened in Tokyo from the early 1910s. The Shin hanga and Sōsaku hanga traditions developed through an intense artistic dialogue taking place in the rapidly growing capital. This catalogue looks at the Kansai region, the area Kyoto and Osaka and the international port city of Kobe. The differences in the individual histories of the cities and their art traditions of the 19thcenturies have resulted in very distinct trends in printmaking. Also the region was spared from the devastations of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. By focusing on the Kansai region, we bring lesser known artists to the fore, resulting in an exhibition which holds numerous surprises.
64 pp, pb, full colour, c. 50 illustrations (spring 2013).
'The pupils of Kaburaki Kiyokata: New Ukiyo-e from the Greater Taisho period'
such as Watanabe Shōzaburō.
In the field of female portraiture (bijin ga) Itō Shinsui, Kobayakawa Kiyoshi and Torii Kotondo developed into the foremost artists while Kawase Hasui and Kasamatsu Shirō, specialised in landscapes. To link their contemporary style to the tradition of Ukiyo-e, Kiyokata named their work 'New Ukiyo-e', which followed the beginning of the Shin hanga movement.
64 pp, pb, full colour, c. 50 illustrations (autumn 2012).
Euro 12.50 plus postage and packing.
'Nostalgia and Modernity: The Styles of Komura Settai and Kawanishi Hide'
This catalogue is dedicated to two specific artists: Komura Settai (1877-1940) and Kawanishi Hide (1894-1965).
64 pp, pb, full colour, c. 50 illustrations (spring 2012).
'The Male Image: 20th Century Japanese Portraiture'
In the history of Japanese printmaking portrayals of men were usually limited to the depiction of actors from the Kabuki stage, sumo wrestlers and heroes from a distant past or folktales. Men from daily life or politics were not considered legitimate subjects for portraiture in printed form. With the exception of Kabuki actors, there were seldom true portraits.
In the 20th century the portrait, under the influence of trends in western style painting, became an accepted format although pictures of men remained a marginal subject, especially compared to the numerous images of women. However, male portraiture from this period shows a variety of contemporary prominent men, from self-portraits to prints of fellow artists, friends or patrons. This catalogue contains works by artists such as Sekino Junichirō, Natori Shunsen and Yamamura Kōka.
64 pp, pb, full colour, c. 50 illustrations (autumn 2011).
Euro 12.50 plus postage and packing.
'Feminine and Independent, The Modern Women of Pre-War Japan' (SOLD OUT)
'Ode to the Countryside, Japanese views of rural Japan and beyond' (SOLD OUT)
With the onset of the 20th century, landscapes became the subject of choice for printmakers in both traditions of print design. Among the founding fathers of the Sōsaku-hanga movement, the portrayal of the landscape was an idealization of rural society. Among the Shin-hanga artists it was the celebration of nature. Both groups of artists considered their own version as a demonstration of the essence of Japaneseness.
64 pp, pb, full colour, 50 illustrations (autumn 2010).
'Emerging from the Bath, The Nude in 20th Century Japanese Prints' (SOLD OUT)
When Japanese artists at began to study in Europe during the Meiji period, they learned how to sketch from real models, and the early pioneers of Western-style art in Japan used oil paintings to produce their first true nudes. When these paintings were shown back in Japan, they sparked enormous outrage.
64 pp, pb, full colour, 50 illustrations (spring 2010).
'Urban Landscapes and Leisure, Prints of Modern Tokyo 1910-1940' (SOLD OUT)
On 1 September 1923 around lunchtime, a huge earthquake struck Tokyo. It devastated the city: about 100.000 people died and 40.000 went missing. The destruction was followed by a frantic rebuilding of the metropolis taking on the contours of present day Tokyo. New modern buildings were erected, steel bridges replaced the wooden constructions, parks were created throughout the city and initially at least, the city vibrated with a sense of urban modernity. Print artists, especially those from the sosaku hanga tradition made numerous works, documenting this architectural and social renewal.
64 pp, pb, full colour, 47 illustrations (autumn 2009).
'Broad Strokes and Fine Lines, The Dual Tradition in 20th Century Japanese Printmaking' (SOLD OUT)
48 pp, pb, full colour, 40 illustrations (spring 2009).