This full-colour catalogue illustrates and describes over 300
surimono (privately published deluxe Japanese prints) belonging to the Graphics Collection of the Museum of Design Zurich, which were recently placed on long-term loan to the Museum Rietberg Zurich. Originally bequeathed to the Museum of Design by the Swiss collector Marino Lusy (1880-1954), the collection includes many rare and previously unpublished examples. Edited by John T. Carpenter, with contributions from a distinguished roster of Edo art and literary specialists, this groundbreaking scholarly publication investigates
surimono as a hybrid genre combining literature and art. Introductory essays treat issues such as text-image interaction and iconography, poetry and intertextuality, as well as the operation of Kabuki fan clubs and poetry circles in late 18th and early 19th century Japan. Other essays document Lusy’s accomplishments as a talented lithographer inspired by East Asian art, and as an astute collector who acquired prints from Parisian auction houses and dealers in the early 20th century. Translations of
kyoka (31-witty verse) that accompany images are given for all prints. The volume also includes a comprehensive index of poets with Japanese characters. This publication is not only indispensable to specialists in ukiyo-e, but has much to offer any reader interested in traditional Japanese art and literature.
John T. Carpenter, PhD (1997) is Reader in the History of Japanese Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and concurrently Adjunct Professor at the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto. He also serves as the Head of the London Office of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.
Scholars, curators, print dealers and collectors interested in Japanese prints,
surimono, Japanese poetry and poetry clubs.