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Friday Night Gallery Chat – Japanese Printmaker Utamaro

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Good Evening,

Utamaro a Japanese print maker from the 1700’s, the lines are forceful, the colors intense and imagery meditative.  Looking at a series of his prints can be enlightening to the spirit,



Kitagawa Utamaro (喜多川 歌麿?, ca. 1753 – October 31, 1806) was a Japanese printmaker and painter, who is considered one of the greatest artists of woodblock prints (ukiyo-e). His name was romanized archaically as Outamaro. He is known especially for his masterfully composed studies of women, known as bijinga. He also produced nature studies, particularly illustrated books of insects.

His work reached Europe in the mid-nineteenth century, where it was very popular, enjoying particular acclaim in France. He influenced the European Impressionists, particularly with his use of partial views and his emphasis on light and shade. The reference to the “Japanese influence” among these artists often refers to the work of Utamaro.  FROM WIKIPEDIA , Images from Wikipedia


Print of three women by Utamaro

Ase o fuku onna (woman wiping sweat) – a wood print of a woman wiping sweat from her brow, created by Kitagawa Utamaro in 1798

Flowers of Edo: Young Woman’s Narrative Chanting to the Samisen a print by Utamaro dated c. 1800



I think I just discovered the meaning of life!
Good Evening have a restful weekend, Sayonara!  BJHC

Series print by Utamaro

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