UKIYO-E MASTERS VOLUME 1: 28 FAMOUS MURDERS
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UKIYO-E: “Pictures of the floating world.” The floating world – a transient realm of pleasures, horrors, and dreams. Ukiyo-e, depictions of this shadowy projection of the human mind, formed the mainstay of Japanese paintings and woodblock prints produced between the 17th and 20th centuries.
UKIYO-E MASTERS is a digital book series which features classic woodblock prints by many of the greatest ukiyo-e artists of the 19th century.
UKIYO-E MASTERS VOLUME ONE showcases EIMEI NIJUHASSUKU (“28 Famous Murders”) by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) and Ochiai Yoshiiku (1833-1904), both known for chimidoro-e (“bloody prints”). Published by Kinseido between 1866 and 1868, EIMEI NIJUHASSHUKU stands as an unashamed exercise in atrocity, an unrelenting sequence of twenty-eight gore-drenched murder and sadism images that took the concept of muzan-e (“cruelty prints”) to new extremes. Each artist contributed fourteen pictures showing figures from the annals of murder, both historical and mythic. Violence against women, rope-torture and mutilation were all featured alongside the customary decapitations and impalings, and the concept of the series was nothing less than a nihilistic exposition of humanity’s innate savagery and ugliness.