Kitagawa Utamaro


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Kitagawa Utamaro

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(Biography) See Utamaro
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Shunga were mostly produced within the popular school known as 'pictures of the floating world' (ukiyo-e), by some of the best Japanese artists such as Kitagawa Utamaro. Luxurious shunga paintings were for all strata of society, including the ruling class patrons by traditional artists such as members of the Kano school, sometimes influenced by Chinese examples.
Featured in the exhibit are representative works of the master artists of the Edo and Meiji periods: Kitagawa Utamaro, Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige, Suzuki Harunobu, Keisai Eisen, Torii Kiyonaga, Chobunsai Eishi, Toshusai Sharaku, Eishosai Choki.
Delicate prints marked by achingly subtle line work, some with softly glimmering mica backgrounds, depict glamorous doll-like figures, each more coy than the last, somehow almost pointedly ignoring the viewer, engaged in their own "floating worlds." In Kitagawa Utamaro's "Fickle Type," from the series Ten Types in the Physiognomic Study of Women (1792-3), the subject seems too engrossed in staring off and absentmindedly playing with her luxuriant robe to notice her own exposed breast.
Like Japanese master printer and painter of women Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806), a formative influence, Jacoulet was interested in mother and child as a special population, depicting them in their daily activities as persons with individuality and character.
Ikon Gallery, Oozells Square, Brindley Place, Birmingham: Kitagawa Utamaro - survey of woodblock prints, mainly images of women, by 18th century Japanese artist from the British Museum collection.
Both Choki and fellow pupil Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) were students of the master printmaker Toriyama Sekien (1712-1788).
Not only does brown alter the general conventions of Ukiyo-e, she bases some of her paintings on specific works created by Ukiyo-e master Kitagawa Utamaro. The 2004 Spelman College Museum exhibition catalog features 39 works by brown, 34 of which feature the Ukiyo-e style.