UTAMARO, K: Inventing Utamaro: A Japanese Masterpiece Rediscovered

Freer, Sackler. Inventing Utamaro: A Japanese Masterpiece Rediscovered. Smithsonian Institution, 2015. ISBN: 0870110667. Unmarked text. Very Good. Paperback (Saddle Stitched). (#26594)

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Booklet accompanied a April 8, 2017–July 9, 2017 exhibition at Freer, Sackler. In 2014, the Okada Museum of Art in Hakone, Japan, discovered a long-lost painting by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753–1806), titled Snow at Fukagawa, one of three paintings by Utamaro that idealize famous pleasure districts in Edo (now Tokyo). This show reunited the trio. The other two are Moon at Shinagawa in 1903 and Cherry Blossoms at Yoshiwara.

HIROSHIGE: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

HIROSHIGE: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, book coverSmith, Henry D. Hiroshige: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo. George Braziller, 2000. ISBN: 0807611433. Unmarked. Very Good in very good dust jacket. Hardcover. (#25739)

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Hiroshige’s One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, actually composed of 118 splendid woodblock landscape and genre scenes of mid 19th century Tokyo, is one of the greatest achievements of Japanese art. The series, reproduced from an exceptionally fine, first-edition set in the Brooklyn Museum of Art, contains many of Hiroshige’s best-loved and most extraordinary prints. Each plate is accompanied by a commentary that discusses its artistic and cultural interest in detail.