Utamaro's Woodblock Print

wbu186.jpg Utamaro (1753-1806): Utamaro studied painting under Sekien Toriyama's (Toyofusa) guidance. Utamaro named himself Toyoaki and changed his name to Utamaro. He painted mostly actor's portraits, flower and bird pictures in his earlier years and began to work on beautiful women and their customs.

Utamaro deplored the fact that only actors' portraits were then popular, so he began to produce pictures of the well-known beautiful and popular young girls in Edo and the popular courtesans of the Yoshiwara gay quarters, in his unique and skillful technique of realism.

His elegant style of painting gained great popularity with all the people of Edo city, present-day, Tokyo. Figures in half-length called "Okubi-e or big-head pictures" were of his unique creation. Utamaro's reputation swept all over Edo and his works were so overwhelmingly in fashion that many imitations also came to be produced. That is the reason why most of his prints have his own signature on them, for he made it a rule to signhis name, after imitation began to appear. In the Kansei era, when there was political restoration, his works incurred the displeasure of the Tokugawagovernment and Utamaro chastised by being handcuffed for 50 days. As a result of this punishment, he lay on his bed over-all agony.

Size: 10 1/4" x 15 1/2". $150.00 (S&H: $10.00). Item#: WBU-186. Delivery: 2-3 weeks.


WBU-187. Size: 10 1/4" x 15 1/2". $150.00 (S&H: $10.00). Delivery: 2-3 weeks.


WBU-198. Size: 10 1/4" x 15 1/2". $150.00 (S&H: $10.00). Delivery: 2-3 weeks.


WBU-201. Size: 10 1/4" x 15 1/2". $150.00 (S&H: $10.00). Delivery: 2-3 weeks.


WBU-202. Size: 10 1/4" x 15 1/2". $150.00 (S&H: $10.00). Delivery: 2-3 weeks.


WBU-212. Size: 10 1/4" x 15 1/2". $150.00 (S&H: $10.00). Delivery: 2-3 weeks.


WBU-361. Size: 10 1/4" x 15 1/2". $150.00 (S&H: $10.00). Delivery: 2-3 weeks.


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