Antique Print-WOODBLOCK-JAPANESE WOMEN-COURTISANES-Utamaro-1790

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‘”JAPANESE TEXT, SIGNATURE OF KITAGAWA UTAMARO”‘

– This hand coloured woodblock print shows the bust portraits of two courtesans. In the Japanese woodblock print tradition of ukiyo-e (floating world), women are most commonly represented in the Bijin-ga (beautiful women) genre. These were often courtesans; beautifully depicted with elaborate hair styles, heavy make-up, and decorative clothing. They were considered the ‘ideal woman’; as well as beautiful they were passive, attentive, educated and well-trained in the entertainment of male companions. The famous artist, Kitagawa Utamaro (1753 ? 1806), is well known for his works in the genre. In his later years Utamaro became captivated by the courtesans and bijin of the Yoshiwara district. He made their faces the focus of the print, often picturing them from the side in a bust portrait known as an okubi-e. He concentrated on expressing the emotion, beauty and character of the ladies portrayed.

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This hand coloured woodblock print shows the bust portraits of two courtesans. In the Japanese woodblock print tradition of ukiyo-e (floating world), women are most commonly represented in the Bijin-ga (beautiful women) genre. These were often courtesans; beautifully depicted with elaborate hair styles, heavy make-up, and decorative clothing. They were considered the ‘ideal woman’; as well as beautiful they were passive, attentive, educated and well-trained in the entertainment of male companions. The famous artist, Kitagawa Utamaro (1753 ? 1806), is well known for his works in the genre. In his later years Utamaro became captivated by the courtesans and bijin of the Yoshiwara district. He made their faces the focus of the print, often picturing them from the side in a bust portrait known as an okubi-e. He concentrated on expressing the emotion, beauty and character of the ladies portrayed.

Made by after an anonymous artist.

Medium: Woodblock print / hand coloured on hand laid (verge) paper.

Sheet size: 26 x 38.7 cm (10.24 x 15.24 inch). Image size: 26 x 38.7 cm. (10.24 x 15.24 inch).

Condition: good, given age. Brownish paper. Wormholes below. Horizontal fold. Creases. Tears in margin restored and fragile brown spot. Waterstain in upper right and lower corner. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.

WOODBLOCK-JAPANESE WOMEN-COURTISANES-JAPAN-BUST-PORTRAIT | RBOS-A9-27

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

This attractive print was published by Iwatoya ca 1790.

Biography engraver: Kitagawa Utamaro, Japanese 1753-1806.

Additional information

Dimensions 38 × 26 × 1 cm

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