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The Harari Collection of Japanese Paintings and Drawings by J. Hillier - First Edition - 1970 - from BanditBooks and Biblio.com

The Harari Collection of Japanese Paintings and Drawings

by J. Hillier

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The Harari Collection of Japanese Paintings and Drawings, Catalogue Compiled by J. Hillier, Boston Book and Art Publishers, 1970, 1st Edition2 Hardcover Volumes in Brown Cloth Slipcase, Gold Gilded Edges and Text, Volume 1 Genre Ukiyo-e school (excluding Hokusai and his school and Hiroshige); Volume 2 Hokusai and his school and Hiroshige ---- Near Fine. The books are clean, secure bindings, unmarked, no writing, no highlighting, crisp inner pages, no stains, no rips, no edge chipping, no page folds, no remainder marks, not ex-library. The slipcase is clean, tight, intact and solid with some light edge and surface wear. Free USA Shipping ---- Ukiyo-e is a genre of Japanese art which flourished from the 17th through 19th centuries. Its artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of such subjects as female beauties; kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers; scenes from history and folk tales; travel scenes and landscapes; flora and fauna; and erotica. The term ukiyo-e translates as "picture[s] of the floating world". Edo (modern Tokyo) became the seat of government for the military dictatorship in the early 17th century. The merchant class at the bottom of the social order benefited most from the city's rapid economic growth. Many indulged in the entertainments of kabuki theatre, courtesans, and geisha of the pleasure districts. The term ukiyo ("floating world") came to describe this hedonistic lifestyle. Printed or painted ukiyo-e images of this environment emerged in the late 17th century and were popular with the merchant class, who had become wealthy enough to afford to decorate their homes with them.


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