Let’s get the expensive ones out of the way first.
The most visually stunning of this year’s art books is a monograph – a study of a single artist’s work.
Hiroshige: Prints and Drawings (Prestel, £99) – Matthi Forrer’s survey of that masterful practitioner of images of the floating world who had such an influence upon Monet – Cézanne and so many others- is easily the most eye-catching book of the season – the reproductions could scarcely be more colour-sensitive and for those with an appetite for additional luxurious fripperies the book comes in a clamshell-style box and with Japanese-style binding.
It also costs £99.
Worth it though.