Yet another string to the bow of the argument that all art is equal, there’s an artbook being released of 43 professional Japanese illustrators’ interpretations of famous works of fine art. Eshi de Irodoru Sekai no Meiga (or Japanese Contemporary Illustration Artists Meets Old Master Paintings), showcases these many new versions of mainly western artworks, though  Utamaro Kitagawa’s ukiyo-e ‘Young Woman Blowing a Glass Pipe’ is recreated by Yama no Susume‘s original artist, Shiro.

Kina Kazuharu recreates Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’

Ech reinterprets Claude Monet’s ‘Woman with a Parasol’

ica boosts the cuteness of Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’

Edouard Manet’s ‘A Bar at the Folies-Bergère’

Henri Rousseau’s ‘The Snake Charmer’

Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s ‘Dance at le Moulin de la Galette’

John Everett Millais’s ‘Ophelia’

Bonus postcard re-imagining Vermeer’s ‘Milkmaid’

Melon Books’ bonus postcard adapting Sandro Botticelli’s ‘Primavera’

The 122-page book also discusses the history of such works as ‘The Girl with the Pearl Earring’, Munch’s ‘The Scream’ and Tawaraya Sotatsu’s ‘Fujin Raijin-zu’, with additional exploration of the influence of Japanese ukiyo-e, which translates as “pictures of the floating world”, on Europe’s many artistic movements. It will be released on May 26th with a first printing bonus postcard of Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Milkmaid’, though other stores such as Toranora, animate and Melon Books will carry their own exclusive bonus cards.

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