Re: technicals informations

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Posted by Philippe Callier on December 31, 1998 at 04:45:20:

In Reply to: technicals informations posted by gilles galboud on December 28, 1998 at 11:49:41:

: i have 20 original ukiyo-e print.
: i would like to know where can i find some technicals informations
: about this ukiyo-e.
: how can i identify a artist like Hiroshige, Hokusai and
: someone else ?

: regards

The best "primer" on Japanese prints I can think of is the book by Richard Illing, "The Art of Japanese Prints" 1980 (originally published by Octopus, London). It is a pleasure to handle and to read: concise, very well presented , and full of attractive illustrations. The book gives a systematic presentation of the different subject matters found in prints. A convenient feature is the sample of artist signatures, all on one page, which helps greatly with the task of identifying the authors of the prints you may have, if you do not read Japanses. Another page gives the censor seals that are useful to date the original prints (of course, later copies usually reproduce the seal !). In addition, Richard Lane's book "Images from the Floating World", 1978 (my edition is by Chartwell Books, Secaucus, New Jersey, is a useful reference book. Both books, to my knowledge, are out of print, but can be found in used bookstores (or on the Advanced Book Exchange on the internet).
Enjoy your collection ! Regards, Philippe

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