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The Actor's Image: Print Makers of the Katsukawa School

Clark, Timothy T., Osamu Ueda and Donald Jenkins

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ISBN 10: 0865590974 / ISBN 13: 9780865590977
Published by The Art Institute of Chicago in association with Princeton University Press, Chicago, 1994
Condition: vg Hardcover
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Title: The Actor's Image: Print Makers of the ...

Publisher: The Art Institute of Chicago in association with Princeton University Press, Chicago

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:vg

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First edition.

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The "floating world"--the closely related pleasure and entertainment districts of Tokyo in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries--embodied and idealized fashion, chic, and urbanity for its habitués, and inspired a profusion of woodblock prints depicting renowned courtesans and adored matinee idols. Considered ephemera in their time, these prints are treasured works of art today. In this volume of "floating world prints" (ukiyo-e), the authors present a selection of Kabuki actor portraits and theater scenes from The Art Institute of Chicago's world-renowned Buckingham Collection of Japanese Prints. Together with interpretive essays that place the prints in their historical and cultural context, the authors offer a catalog of 880 prints, 136 of them in color, containing the most complete and up-to-date information available about each print.


Donald Jenkins's essay explains printmaking and explores the lives and milieu of the Katsukawa school print makers. Timothy Clark, in his essay, vividly depicts the world of Kabuki theater and describes a particular production of a popular play, from the vantage points of various participants. Osamu Ueda has provided dates and identification for the subjects of many of the prints in the collection, as well as biographies of the leading Kabuki actors and brief lives of the printmakers of the Katsukawa school.


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The extensive Buckingham Collection of Japanese Prints at the Art Institute of Chicago is the source for this catalog of 880 18th-century ukiyo-e prints emphasizing Kabuki theater scenes and portraits of actors. Introductory essays explain the historical, political, and artistic context of the prints along with the basic structure of Kabuki performance. The major limitation of the catalog is the restricted color range of the reproductions. Even when prints are described in the text as containing blue areas, no blue can be seen, and prints described as vividly colored do not necessar-ily appear different from those described as faded. Still, enough specific information is given about each print to make the book useful to art and theater scholars, though the level of treatment is suitable for nonspecialist readers as well.
Kathryn W. Finkelstein, M.Ln., Cincinnati
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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