Utamaro and the Spectacle of Beauty


    Art The East



    Utamaro and the Spectacle of Beauty

    and the Spectacle of Beauty

    Julie Nelson Davis

    Reaktion 2007

    Hardback 296pp Illustrated

    9781861893598   Product Code: 63304

    One of the most influential artists working in the genre of ukiyo-e ('pictures of the floating world') in late 18th century Japan, Kitagawa Utamaro (c1753-1806) was renowned for his prints of beautiful women. In this book, Davis reinterprets Utamaro in the context of his times, reconstructing the place of the ukiyo-e artist within the world of the commercial print market. The study offers a new approach to issues such as the status of the artist and the construction of identity, gender, sexuality and celebrity in the Edo period.

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