Competition and Collaboration: Japanese Prints of the Utagawa School


A collaboration between the Chazen Museum of Art and Hotei Publishing, this catalog was published along with the traveling exhibition organized by the Chazen on prints of the Utagawa School, well known through famous artists like Toyokuni, Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.


The prolific Utagawa school is one of the most famous lineages of print artists in the history of Japanese woodblock prints. Founded by Utagawa Toyoharu in the second half of the eighteenth century, the school remained active in Edo through the nineteenth century. Colorful, technically innovative, and sometimes defiant of government regulations, these prints documented for a popular audience the pleasures of urban life, leisure, and travel.

This 232-page groundbreaking catalog features full-color images of more than 200 prints from the Van Vleck Collection of Japanese Prints at the Chazen Museum of Art. This collection, a number of which were once part of Frank Lloyd Wright’s personal collection of Japanese prints- is particularly noteworthy for its strong holdings of landscape prints including rare designs by the school’s founder Toyoharu. This book includes explicated entries for each work, artist biographies, and five scholarly essays about Japanese print culture and the Utagawa school


Laura J. Mueller, guest curator for the exhibition Competition and Collaboration: Japanese Prints of the Utagawa School at the Chazen Museum of Art, and doctoral candidate in Japanese art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison specializing in the study and research of Japanese woodblock prints.

Fujisawa Akane, lecturer of Japanese literature at Gakushūin University in Tokyo.

Kobayashi Tadashi, professor of Japanese art history at Gakushūin University in Tokyo and director of the Chiba City Museum of Art.

Ellis Tinios, honorary lecturer in the School of History, University of Leeds; research associated at the Japan Research Center, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; and special assistant to the Japanese Section of the Department of Asia, British Museum.


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Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 9.84 × .91 × 11.88 in