From Library Journal
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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"The Actor's Image is a candidate for most elegant art book of the year, and is one of the most informative.... [It] will be especially attractive to anyone who has enjoyed a Kabuki performance, but it offers every reader a wonderful introduction to the popular arts of 18th century Japan.