Research: Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Publication

This large-format book reproduces all of the works in the Brooklyn Museum's renowned complete set of Hiroshige's views of Edo at their actual sizes: each reproduction is more than 13 inches tall. Each of the prints is accompanied by an illuminating interpretation on the facing page written by Henry D. Smith II, professor of Japanese history at Columbia University. These impeccably researched commentaries discuss each work's artistic and cultural context in such lively detail as to take the reader on what is virtually a guided tour of the old city. Smith provides in addition a general historical introduction to the volume, placing the artist within Edo society of the time. The essay contributed by Amy G. Poster explores the Brooklyn Museum's Edo set from a curatorial point of view, explaining alternate ways of grouping the works, the specialized printing techniques used to create them, and the connoisseurship of Hiroshige editions. This is the definitive publication of the One Hundred Famous Views of Edo.

Further Reading

Forrer, Matthi. Hiroshige: Prints and Drawings. With essays by Suzuki Jūzō and Henry D. Smith II. Munich and New York: Prestel, 1997.

Izzard, Sebastian. Hiroshige: An Exhibition of Selected Prints and Illustrated Books. New York: Ukiyo-e Society of America, 1983.

Miyao, Shigeo. Meisho Edo hyakkei: tsuketari ehon Edo miyage / [ Andō ] Hiroshige ga. Vols. 16–17 of Ukiyo-e taikei. Tokyo: Shūeisha, Shōwa 50, [1975–76].

Sakai, Gankō, ed. Hiroshige, Edo fūkei hanga daishūsei / Hiroshige: The Collected Edo Landscape Prints. Tokyo: Shōgakkan, 1996.

Smith, Henry D., II. Hiroshige Meisho Edo hyakkei. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 1992. Japanese edition of Hiroshige: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, with revisions.

Suzuki, Jūzō. Hiroshige. Tokyo: Nihon Keizai Shinbunsha, 1970.

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