Matthi Forrer

Published by Prestel

This beautiful monograph by Matthi Forrer showcases the work of Utagawa Kuniyoshi, one of the last great Japanese ukiyo-e masters. Published by Prestel, this edition is available to Folio customers with an exclusive 30% discount. 

Was £99.00 Now £24.75
Was £99.00 Now £24.75

Best-known for his depictions of fierce samurai warriors in battle, Utagawa Kuniyoshi also created stunning landscapes, portraits of Kabuki actors and images of mythical animals. His dynamic action scenes and fantastical creatures are recognised today as precursors of manga and anime, with Kuniyoshi often referred to as ‘the godfather of manga’. In this spectacular new large-format monograph, beautifully illustrated with 247 stunning colour illustrations, ukiyo-e expert Matthi Forrer traces Kuniyoshi’s entire creative career, from his early influences to his artistic development and incredible legacy. This stunning edition is published by Prestel, one of the world’s leading art publishers, and is available to Folio customers with an exclusive 30% discount. 

Production details

Published by Prestel
288 pages
247 colour illustrations
300mm x 364mm

A spectacular anthology of Kuniyoshi and his work

Born in 1798, Kuniyoshi studied under the great master of ukiyo-e, Utagawa Toyokuni, while his work was also influenced by the artists Katsushika Hokusai and Katsukawa Shunei. Forrer’s fascinating narrative is expansive and eloquent and the six chapters cover Kuniyoshi’s life, artistic influences and diverse oeuvre in great detail. Forrer discusses the major aspects of the artist’s work: his book illustrations and portraits of fashionable women; his enormously popular series featuring actors, warriors and landscapes; and the influence of Western art on Kuniyoshi’s career. 

Exquisite prints that define the artist and era

The monograph is printed with French-fold pages and includes 247 meticulously reproduced prints, many of which are large-scale and presented as full-page or double-page spreads. The selection highlights the precise details of the work and the artist’s elegantly muted palette: from electrifying depictions of a tiger, mid-pounce, and lighthearted interpretations of Chinese folktales, to the terrifying figures of samurai swordsmen and romantic winter landscapes. A Japanese-style binding completes this spectacular volume that promises an endlessly absorbing journey into the life of Kuniyoshi during the latter days of Japan’s Edo period; the final era of traditional Japan. 


Matthi Forrer is one of the leading experts on ukiyo-e art. Former Curator for Japanese Arts at the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden, Netherlands, Forrer is now an independent curator and is the author of numerous books on Japanese art, including Hokusai, Hiroshige, and Hiroshige: Prints and Drawings. 


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