Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro, 1753-1806, is one of the most respected designers of ukiyo-e gravure prints and paintings, a Japanese painting genre, and is best known for his large-headed beautiful women of the 1790s.
Little is known about Utamaro's life. His work began to appear in the 1770s, and the most outstanding of his early works are his picture books, the best of which are albums of insects, shells, and birds published between 1787 and 1791.
Kitagawa Utamaro Style
In the 1790s Utamaro reached his artistic peak. She portrayed Japanese women, bringing out their grace and grace. Utamaro's most original contribution to Japanese printmaking was the Okubi-e, which focused on close-up pictures or the face. He was also the undisputed master of erotic printing, a genre in which he poured all his skills as a painter and designer. Utamaro also had a profound influence on some French Impressionists.
She excelled in the exotic depiction of Japanese women, particularly the Yoshiwara region. Many contemporary critics consider him the greatest Japanese printmaker. Like most Ukiyo-e artists, Utamaro was a native of Edo (modern Tokyo). His teacher was Toriyama Sekien, but the biggest influence on him was the work of Kiyonaga, the dominant Ukiyo-e artist of his youth. Utamaro's talent was discovered while he was still very young by the selective publisher Tsuta-ya Juzaburo, who produced many of his editions.
Around 1791, Utamaro stopped designing prints for books and focused on making half-length portraits of single women rather than prints of women in groups, as other ukiyo-e artists preferred. While Utamaro's subjects were generally drawn from the general repertoire of the Ukiyo-e school, it was the style and design of his prints that he surpassed his contemporaries and followers. His use of line and color, and his sense of pattern and composition, created the finest wooden blocks ever made with tremendous mastery.
At the height of his success in 1804, Utamaro ran into legal trouble by publishing prints on a banned historical novel. He made prints depicting the wife and concubines of military ruler Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and was accused of insulting Hideyoshi's dignity as a result. He was sentenced to 50 days in handcuffs (some sources say he was jailed). According to some sources, this experience crushed him emotionally and ended his career as an artist.
Kitagawa Utamaro Famous Paintings, Works
Utamaro, who died at the age of 53, went back to; Sugatami Shichinin Kesho (1790), Three Beauties of the Kansei Era (1793), Takashima Ohisa (1795), Woman Wiping Sweat (1798), Flower of Edo, Girl's Jourri (1800), The Righteous Man (1802), Kato Kiyomasa Korean He wrote At a Party with the Dancers (1802), Hideyoshi and his Five Wives Watching the Cherry Blossoms in Higashiyama (1804), and many more.
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