Japanese Art:Prints:Edo

Carl Schraubstadter and Japanese Woodblock Prints Reference Book
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TITLE: Carl Schraubstadter and Japanese Prints: The Robert Louis Mueller Family Collection EDITORS: Claudia Brown and Laurie Petrie Rogers 8 1/4" x 10", 60 pages, 35 color plates, Hergerger College of the Arts, Arizona State University, 2007 ESSAYS: "The World of Carl Schraubstadter: Collector of Japanese Prints," "The Elegant Craft of Japanese Woodblock Prints, "Social and Historical Foundations of Ukiyo-e," "The Art of Kabuki," "The Katsukawa School of Print Design," "Hiroshige: Life and Art" This catalogue accompanies a Phoenix Art Museum exhibit of an important collection of 18th and 19th century Japanese woodblock prints from the Robert Louis Mueller Family Collection. The Mueller collection consists of thirty-five prints, many of which are rare and/or previously unpublished images. The collection was purchased in 1948 by Robert Louis Mueller’s mother, Vera Hilfer Mueller, from the Parke-Bernet auction of the collection of the late Carl Schraubstadter. Vera Mueller was assisted at the auction by Carl’s brother, Oswald. Carl W. Schraubstadter (1862-1947) was an early collector of Japanese woodblock prints who circulated with other notable American collectors of Japanese prints, including Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959). As did Wright, Schraubstadter favored the prints of Andô Hiroshige (1797-1858). The Mueller collection includes a group of four narrow format kachô-e (nature prints) depicting birds and a pair of oshidori (Mandarin ducks) as well as a rare kakemono-e (vertical diptych print) titled “Peacock and Peonies.” Only a handful of examples of this kakemono-e are known to exist in museum collections worldwide. Hiroshige’s landscapes are well represented by a complete set of the “Eight Views of Ômi.” One of the highlights of the 1948 Parke-Bernet auction of the Schraubstadter collection was “Night Snow at Kambara,” which is arguably considered to be the finest image from Hiroshige’s earliest and most important series of “The Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô.” Nine rare fan prints complete the selection by Hiroshige. The oldest prints in the collection are a group of twelve actor prints by Katsukawa Shunshô (1726-1792), the founder of the Katsukawa School, and his talented pupil Katsukawa Shunkô (1743-1812). These 18th century prints functioned as kabuki theater playbills. They depict the most famous actors of the day engaged in scenes from current theatrical performances.

Carl Schraubstadter and Japanese Woodblock Prints Reference Book