UKIYOE PAINTINGS by HIROSHIGE & Other MASTERS the AOKI COLLECTION w/ 209 Plates
UKIYOE PAINTINGS by HIROSHIGE and Other Masterpieces from the AOKI COLLECTION.
Produced by the Chiba City Museum of Art and the Kitakyushu City Museum of Art. Published by Asahi Shimbun, Japan, 1999. First Edition.
Softcover Book / Exhibition Catalog, French flaps, 9x12 inches, 195 pages. Beautifully ILLUSTRATED with 209 color reproductions of items from the exhibition.
TEXT in JAPANESE, but for an Introductory Message about the Exhibition in English at the beginning, and a brief ENGLISH description (e.g. artist and title) of each of the 209 plates at the rear.
FINE condition, tight, bright, clean and unmarked; looks and feels unused.
From the English language introductory Message:
******The present exhibition places on display a selection of outstanding ukiyoe paintings and woodblock prints, including Hiroshige paintings never before shown publicly, from the collection of Aoki Tosaku (1870-1946), a businessman from Tochigi prefecture.
For many years (the collection) remained inaccessible to the general public, but in 1997 it attracted nationwide attention overnight when it was donated to the town of Bato in Tochigi prefecture by Aoki Tosaku's son. The town is at present proceeding with construction of an art museum to house the collection, but we have been given special permission to exhibit a part of the collection before the official opening.
The forty-odd paintings by Hiroshige that are the collection's major attraction constitute the largest such group in the world. The exhibition brings together some two hundred carefully selected items from the Aoki Collection, including, in addition to these Hiroshige paintings, woodblock prints by Kunisada, Kuniyochi, Kobayashi Kiyochika, Innoue Yasuji; and oils by Kawamura Kiyoo.******