DREAM SPECTRES

DREAM SPECTRES. EXTREME UKIYO-E: SEX, BLOOD, DEMONS, MONSTERS, GHOSTS, TATTO

Editorial:
LAST GASP
Materia
monografias de ilustración
ISBN:
978-1-84068-310-3

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This mind-roasting volume is without question one of the standout books of 2010. It’s a lively, user-friendly study of ukiyo-e (“images from the floating world”) woodblock printed art from 18th and 19th Century Japan. Ukiyo-e was an evident forerunner of today’s manga as well as quite a few popular J-Horror motifs, notably the pasty woman with black hair of RINGU and THE GRUDGE, which apparently had its inception in a 1750 ukiyo-e painting by Maruyama Okyo.

Author Jack Hunter (of the essential Japanese movie study EROS IN HELL) provides a succinct history of ukiyo-e, which began as book illustrations and came to encompass kabuki theater posters and scandal sheets before dying out in the late 19th Century. Yet the eye-popping, quintessentially Japanese artwork that came out of the movement is nothing short of extraordinary.