Kitagawa Utamaro (?1754-1806) is the pivotal artist of the Ukiyo-e school. His sensuous and sharp-witted portrayal of women in all walks of life both celebrate and comment on those of the "Floating World". Discovered early in his career, Utamaro was soon collaborating with the leading writers of the 1790s. The culmination was a sequence of deluxe poetry anthologies, which he illustrated in colour woodblock with figure and nature subjects and erotic scenes. In the 1790s Utamaro transformed the style of Ukiyo-e art with his prolific ouput of print series: often portraits in the new bust and half-length formats. High-ranked courtesans, lovers from literature and ordinary domestic scenes - all these themes are explored. Boastful of his talents, Utamaro finally came into collision with the feudal authorities, suffering house arrest that accelerated his artistic decline and led to his death. This text is published to accompany a British Museum exhibition in two parts, organized with the Chiba City Museum, Japan. The work includes rare surviving hanging scroll paintings, wood-block prints in complete series and all of Utamaro's illustrated books. The introductory essays and catalogue appear both in English and Japanese.
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Descripción British Museum Pubns Ltd, London, 1995. Soft cover. Estado de conservación: As New. 1st Edition. Fabulous condition 2 vol set with no inscriptions or obvious marks. In hardly touched clean, fresh condition. Housed in yellow dotted slip case with Japanese writing on the front and title lettering on spine. Small stain towards bottom edge of slip case front. Nº de ref. de la librería 006964
Descripción British Museum, London, 1995. Illustrated card covers. First Edition. 260pp; 296pp. Volume I comprises a collation of plates comprising the paintings from the exhibition including one folding plate; volume II with b/w thumb-prints illustrating the text. From the British Museum exhibition of August - September 1995. Text in Japanese and English. VG : in very good condition without dust jacket as issued. In yellow patterned card slipcase. Nº de ref. de la librería bmu148
Descripción British Museum Pubns Ltd, 1995. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Near Fine. Two volume set of paperback in original decorated slipcase. Near Fine condition, in Japanese and English. Nº de ref. de la librería 1373
Descripción British Museum Press, Great Britain, 1995. Soft Cover. Estado de conservación: Near Fine. First Edition. Text volume by Timothy Clark. 296pp. B/w illustrations. Plate volume in full color. 259pp. Text in both Japanese and English and are in near fine condition. The clean & flawless slip-case is as new with the original cellophane cover still in place. Art catalogue. Utamaro's Art; Color Plates; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 555 pages. Nº de ref. de la librería 15588