Kitagawa Utamaro

Kitagawa Utamaro (1753–1806) was a Japanese artist known for his ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings, particularly his bijin-ga (images of beautiful women). Active during the Edo period, Utamaro achieved great success and popularity for his elegant and refined portrayals of women, capturing their beauty, grace, and individuality. He was renowned for his meticulous attention to detail, delicate lines, and subtle use of colour, which set his work apart from his contemporaries. Utamaro's prints often featured close-up depictions of women engaged in everyday activities, such as applying makeup, playing musical instruments, or enjoying leisurely pastimes. Despite facing censorship and restrictions during his lifetime, Utamaro's artistic legacy endures, and he is considered one of the greatest masters of ukiyo-e printmaking.

Kitagawa Utamaro (1753–1806) was a Japanese artist known for his ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings, particularly his bijin-ga (images of beautiful women). Active...
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Kitagawa Utamaro (1753–1806) was a Japanese artist known for his ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings, particularly his bijin-ga (images of beautiful women). Active during the Edo period, Utamaro achieved great success and popularity for his elegant and refined portrayals of women, capturing their beauty, grace, and individuality. He was renowned for his meticulous attention to detail, delicate lines, and subtle use of colour, which set his work apart from his contemporaries. Utamaro's prints often featured close-up depictions of women engaged in everyday activities, such as applying makeup, playing musical instruments, or enjoying leisurely pastimes. Despite facing censorship and restrictions during his lifetime, Utamaro's artistic legacy endures, and he is considered one of the greatest masters of ukiyo-e printmaking.


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