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Japanese Prints in the Art Institute of Chicago

Selected and introduced by James T. Ulak

Hardcover $11.95
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Showcased in this compact folio are 265 of the Art Institute's finest woodblock prints. The selection comprises striking images of the world of pleasure (ukiyo-e, or "floating world"), ranging in time from the mid-17th to the mid-19th century. The book is divided into four chapters: the simple but elegant "primitives"; actor portraits featuring dramatic works by Katsukawa Shunso; courtesan portraits, including elegant prints by Kitagawa Utamaro; and landscapes, such as Katsushika Hokusai's famous image The Great Wave. This volume is an enticing overview of one of the most renowned collections of Japanese prints in the world.

The Art Institute of Chicago and Abbeville, 1995 
4 x 4 1/2 in.; 320 pages; 270 color illustrations 
ISBN 0-78920-673-7