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Utamaro Revealed: A Guide to Subjects, Themes & Motifs by Gina Collia-Suzuki
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Reviewer: 
Todd Shimoda
Source: 
The Asian Review of Books

Of the three most prolific and celebrated Japanese woodblock print artists -- Hokusai (1760-1849), Hiroshige (1797-1858), and Utamaro (1753-1806) -- the least well-known is Utamaro. Gina Collia-Suzuki aims to rectify this in her monograph on Utamaro. It wasn't an easy task as very little reliable biographical information about the artist could be found. That's unfortunate, because Utamaro likely lead a very interesting life based on the subject matter of his work. And that's where Utamaro Revealed shines -- discussing the meaning and pointing out the details of the artist's finest prints....