Themes of the introduction: Hiroshige: the early years Japan's travel hype: the culture of movement Hiroshige's breakthrough: the development of the landscape genre and his first creative surge Hiroshige's cultural milieu: poets, publishers and colleagues A creative pause: the 1840s Hiroshige's final years: glory days. Hiroshige's techniques of design The appreciation of Hiroshige in Japan and the West
Christiaan Uhlenbeck has been a Japanese print dealer since 1982 and has curated exhibitions on Ukiyo-e, Shin-hanga and Japanese photography since the 1990s. His main interest is the commercial environment of Japanese printmaking, about which he initiated a conference in 2001. He has recently turned to the investigation of methodology in the study of Japanese prints.
HIROSHIGE: SHAPING THE IMAGE OF JAPAN goes beyond most artistic coverages of Hiroshige's works, offering both a general introduction and a survey of the cultural and economic climate during which Hiroshige honed his composition techniques and developed a world-wide following. Lovely, delicate color prints pack an excellent survey recommended for any collection seeking a basic introduction James A. Cox Editor-in-Chief Midwest Book Review