An American Artist in Tokyo
Frances Blakemore, 1906-1997
Arriving in Tokyo in 1935 to teach art and English, she became fascinated with Japanese life and chronicled her experiences both in art and writing. She spent most of the war years in Honolulu, where she designed propaganda leaflets that were dropped by the millions on the Japanese islands. In 1954, she married American attorney Thomas Blakemore and achieved prominence as an artist and gallery owner in Tokyo.
Illustrated with photographs and striking color reproductions of her work, this book introduces the adventures of a remarkable American artist and provides a new perspective on U.S.–Japanese cultural relations.
"Author Michiyo Morioka. . . blends her subject's work with solid and detailed biography. . . .Blakemore's story, a story of Western and Eastern, life and art caught up inextricably, deserves study."—Northwest Asian Weekly
"This publication accomplishes two important feats: it shines a light on an artist who does not make it into any of the traditional bibliographical indexes, and, perhaps more important, it opens a window into the art world of pre- and postwar Japan as seen through the eyes of an expatriate immersed in the culture."—Library Journal
"This book . . . introduc[es] the adventures of this remarkable American artist. Recommended for those who love Japan and travel."—Umbrella
"An extraordinary book about an extraordinary artist. . . handsomely produced, well researched, and lavishly illustrated."—Art Times
"A handsomely packaged retrospective of work."—Seattle Times
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