Strange Beasts & Weird Spectres: 100 Japanese Triptychs
Distributed for Solar Books
These stunning works appear in triptych format, which gave ukiyo-e artists the freedom to express their fantasies as narratives in a kinetic, detailed image frame. The work of over twenty different artists is featured in one hundred triptychs, which are spread over five different categories: kaiju (strange beasts), yurei (ghosts), oni (demons), juryoku (mystic forces), and yojutsu (black magic). This book also contains a special section for yakusha-e, prints directly depicting supernatural scenes from the kabuki theater.
An important influence on many Western artists, including Van Gogh, Klimt, Degas, Manet, and Gauguin, ukiyo-e has played a vital role in art history. Offering many prints never previously published, Yokai will amaze enthusiasts of Japanese art and culture.