Woodblock Wonders

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CRAFT: Woodblock Wonders

Tracing the history of the Japanese woodblock print through 200 vibrant artworks, Taschen’s newly published book is a celebration of Japan’s unique creativity and complex culture. Featuring the work of 89 artists over 250 years, readers will discover less renowned names alongside the big three – Hokusai, Hiroshige and Utamaro. From the vaults of museums and private collections around the globe, large-format prints including 17 fold-out pages are accompanied by in-depth descriptions that reveal the fascinating stories behind a myriad of characters, landscapes and motifs.

From ukiyo-e pictures of the ‘floating world’, where kabuki stars and courtesans take centre-stage, to nightmarish visions of otherworldly creatures sent to torment the living, Taschen’s latest art history deep dive lifts the veil on a much-loved but little-understood art.

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