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Thirty-Six Views of the Eiffel Tower Hardcover – September 29, 2010

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About the Author

Henri Rivière (1864-1951) was a French artist and printmaker.

Arsène Alexandre was a fin de siècle French art critic.

James A. Ganz and Karin Breuer are curators at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Bilingual edition (September 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811876985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811876988
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #866,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... as seen from the Eiffel Tower! Or is it the other way around? Whichever way you peer, or travel, this is a lavishly printed replica of the 1902 treasure "Les Trente-six Vues de la Tour Eiffel" by the print artist Henri Rivière. Blending the aesthetics and the craftsmanship of Japanese block prints with the whimsical delicacy of French art nouveau, Rivière paid the highest compliment of imitation to the great Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1841), who was in turn among the first Japanese artists to incorporate European influences, especially in perspective, into his popular prints. His masterpiece Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjuurokkei) was published circa 1831-34. Just as Hokusai's prints catalogue the landscapes and urban scenes of Fuji and Edo, always with the conical peak somewhere in the image near or far, Rivière's prints capture the 'City of Light' in vivid intimacy - parks, mansions, markets, barges, churches, construction sites - always with the iconic Eiffel Tower peeking over. Derivative it is, but Rivière's skill and affection for his city make this a wonderfully pleasurable book to hold and look through. This is truly the Paris of one imagination.

The book is of the highest quality in printing and binding, the sort of book that would make a charming gift. The original French introduction, in elegant monastic calligraphy, is reprinted with the views. A translation of that introduction to English and a brief essay on the artist and on the vogue of japonisme among the Impressionists complete the text.
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These are French Fin de Siecle prints, heavily influenced by the Japanese prints that made their way to Europe at that time. The Eiffel Tower is in each--sometimes in the foreground, often barely visible someplace on the horizon. They are both lovely artwork and a wonderful glimpse of Paris over a century ago. I bought the book as a gift for an artist friend, and could barely bring myself to part with it.
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What a beautiful book from the cover to the text to the images, it just shows that a hardback book can still rule over the electronic book images. The 36 views cover so many facets of building the Eiffel and its effect on Parisian landscape, many of the etchings also show the loneliness of humans being surrounded by beauty. Many etchings might remind you of Japanese prints or art deco. What a lovely gift this would make for any francophile. The book has the original french text along with an english translation,too.
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A beautifully reprinted album. I love Japanese art and one of my favourite cities is Paris so what a beautiful combination to see Paris and its symbol the Eiffel Tower in Japanese style prints! I enjoyed seeing every single print. We are so lucky that Japanese art came to Europe and we could witness the birth of many-many great works of art of Japonisme. The album has a very reasoable price and could be a beautiful present for art-lovers.
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The cover of the book is lovely!, perhaps the loveliest part? The small sketch you can see, on a removable paper wrapper, is still a fair representation of the work inside. The prints are quite consistently similar in color and feeling, as well as theme, of course. The tower is often a shadow in the distance, seen from the working structure below, seen from the river or countryside, etc. There is often a working-day vantage point. The colors used are mostly browns (to gold) and greys (light to dark). The figures show the clothing of the late 1800's. Inspired by Japanese woodblocks though they may be, these prints are much less delicate and/or colorful. The book is interesting and I will keep it, but I was surprised by the overall effect? I wasn't familiar with Henri Riviere's work.
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I feel so fortunate to have found this book -- I knew about it and had delayed purchase -- and was delighted to find it on line -- it features the work of an artist I greatly admire. I bought two copies and gave one to another francophone friend so we are both very happy with its content and design.
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Got this book for the daughter-in-law who loves both Paris and Japan. The illustrations (lithographs?) are representative of the Japanesque influences so popular in Europe at the turn of the century. A nice short link about this is here : [...]
As always, the book arrived promptly and was well priced.
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