The Passionate Art of Kitagawa Utamaro
Shugo Asano and Timothy Clark, 1995, Chiba City and London, two volume boxed set, 533 pages, Volume One has 487 color reproductions, Volume Two is a catalogue raisionne including 487 black and white reproductions, descriptions of the prints, measurements, known copies in collections etc. Both volumes are soft cover in slipcase shown in photo. With excellent explanatory texts in English. Out of Print.
Drawn from splendid collections from around the world this book includes the finest examples of Utamaro's woodblock prints and paintings. The catalogue is a joint production of the British Museum and the Chiba City Museum and was produced for the grand opening of Chiba City. The bust portraits of beautiful women (bijin okubi-e) that constitute a large part of the book are generally recognized as representing the pinnacle of the art of Ukiyo-e; besides their individual depiction of the manners and dress of the women of the Edo period, they are also highly rated for their psychological subtlety. For those collecting Utamaro prints, as well as those interested in his ouvre, this is the absolute best reference in the English language.