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Art of the Japanese Postcard: The Leonard A.…

Art of the Japanese Postcard: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection at the…

by Kendall H. Brown

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"Essays by Kendall H. Brown, Leonard A. Lauder, Anne Nishimura Morse, and J. Thomas Rimer, with a note on printing techniques by Joan Wright." "From the late 19th to the early 20th century, Japan was a vital world center for postcard art. More than just casual mail pieces, these postcards were often designed by prominent artists and had a visual impact that belied their modest format. Remarkably beautiful examples of graphic design in their own right, they also recorded the shifting definitions of "East" and "West" at a time when such European currents as Art Nouveau began to show up in Japanese visual productions." "Art of the Japanese Postcard presents 300 full-color examples of these cards, culled from the vast Leonard A. Lauder Collection."--Jacket.… (more)



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A stunning compilation of over 300 images of Japanese postcards from the late 19th to early 20th century.

This book is simply superb, and you do not have to be a postcard collector to appreciate the miniature works
of art featured here - covered are history, Russo-Japanese war, artist cards, art nouveau cards, art deco
cards, comic cards, advertising cards, etc. Many of these amazing illustrations show traditional Japanese
woodblock art used to produce surprisingly Western-style images. I am completely blown-away by this book.

An absolutely stunning visual experience - words fail me!

The book itself is extremely well produced and the quality of the illustrations must surely match that of
the originals. Although it is a very recent publication, I have no hesitation in marking it as 'collectable'
in the tags field.

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston must be some heap good museum - the good burghers of Boston
are very lucky...

I don't really collect Japanese postcards, but I think that I'm about to start... ( )
1 vote captbirdseye | Mar 22, 2014 |
This was such an amazing little exhibit... "little" in the sense that the artwork depicted was restricted to the size of a postcard.

From the late-Meiji through the beginning of the Showa eras - a time when Japan was trying to position itself as a major player on the world stage - the postcards show both traditional and modern subjects.

The MFA has also put much of the collection online -http://www.mfa.org/master/sub.asp?key=41&subkey=837 ( )
1 vote SeiShonagon | Jun 3, 2006 |
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