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Hiroshige: The 53 Stations of the Tokaido: Masterworks of Ukiyo-e
Hiroshige The 53 Stations of the Tokaido Masterworks of Ukiyo-e Author:Gordon Sager (Translator), Muneshige Narazaki This is the first series of books to gather together the full panorama of ukiyo-e -- "pictures of the floating world" -- from its inception in the early genre paintings to the versatile genius of such masters as Hokusai. — "The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido": The Tokaido -- the highway's very name suggests a golden a... more »ge of Japan's past. This "Eastern Sea Road" connected the emperor's capital in Kyoto with the seat of the shogun's administration in Edo (now Tokyo) and was heavily traveled in all seasons. Numerous prints and guidebooks about the Tokaido represent a time of prosperity and peace when even the average citizen could undertake the adventure of travel along this roadway.
It was Hiroshige [1797-1858] who immortalized the Tokaido. In the prints of the fifty-three stages along the route that are reproduced in this book, the master artist captures the beauty, romance, adventure, mystery and joy -- all the myriad aspects of travel on the Tokaido, in all seasons and times of day. Hiroshige's Tokaido prints became an immediate success in hos own time, and today they are included among the art masterpieces of the world.