Kitagawa Utamaro

Kitagawa Utamaro - Large Format Fine Art Prints and Reproductions

Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) was a Japanese painter, one of the masters of Ukiyo-e.

His work became known in the West in the nineteenth century, finding a great success. He particularly influenced the Impressionists with the composition style  of his prints.

He was dubbed "the painter of green houses" (brothels) in 1891 by Edmond de Goncourt , although only a third of the numerous Utamaro's  prints that we know were actually devoted to Yoshiwara. (Yoshiwara was a famous district of Edo, now Tokyo, Japan. It was known as  "the pleasure district", famous for its artists, courtesans and prostitutes.

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Admiring flowers

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The Courtesan Hanaogi, with a fan pattern on her kimono, looking at two flower arrangements, while her kamuro sits behind her. In the foreground, a third woman, Daizaburo, on all fours. c. 1795, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Courtesan with a Client

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Utamaro presented his courtesans and famous beauties of Edo (present-day Tokyo) in a sensuous and stylish manner that reflected aesthetic of iki, an Edo concept of beauty that emphasized coquetry, a fresh angle on conventional themes, lightness and suggestion. Rather than employing conventional poses and angles, Utamaro often captured moments of human...
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Geisha and her lover

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A Man in a purple-blue kimono supports a geisha on top of him. Left, in the background, a green blanket roll and the bottom of a lantern. Tenth of thirteen prints from the album Negai no itoguchi (also translated as: The prelude to desire). 1799, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Geisha in kimono with long sleeves and her lover

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Geisha and lover are both looking to the left. The woman is dressed in a purple kimono with long sleeves falling to the ground. The man and his mistress have both kept their socks. Third of thirteen prints from the album Negai no itoguchi (also translated as: The prelude to desire). 1799, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Geisha with her lover and a screen

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Man in blue and white striped kimono and socks, the bare lower body of a geisha. A screen in the background. Eighth of thirteen prints from the album Negai no itoguchi (also translated as: The prelude to desire). 1799, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Lovers and a mirror

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Man wearing only a red loincloth, and woman in a blue kimono. The foot of the woman reflected in the mirror on the left side. Twelfth of thirteen prints from the album Negai no itoguchi (also translated as: The prelude to desire). 1799, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Married man and widow

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Woman with the sleeve of her kimono on her mouth, watching her lover. In the background, a smoking paraphernalia. Ninth of thirteen prints from the album Negai no itoguchi (also translated as: The prelude to desire). 1799, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Married man and widow (2)

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Woman with the sleeve of her kimono on her mouth, watching her lover. In the background, a smoking paraphernalia. Ninth of thirteen prints from the album Negai no itoguchi (also translated as: The prelude to desire). 1799, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Mature couple making love

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Older married man and woman making love, where she holds the ankle of her husband. Sixth of thirteen prints from the album Negai no itoguchi (also translated as: The prelude to desire). 1799, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Prostitute kissing with young man

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Prostitute in a green kimono, kissing a young man in a purple robe. Second of thirteen prints from the album Negai no itoguchi (also translated as: The prelude to desire). 1799, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Secret affair between a married man and a...

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A Man bites the chest of a woman, while they make love. Fourth of thirteen prints from the album Negai no itoguchi (also translated as: The prelude to desire). 1799, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Young Man Smoking with a Courtesan

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This is the prefatory illustration to an album containing twelve shunga (erotic) prints, entitled Negai no itoguchi (The Prelude to Desire). Utamaro's speciality was the depiction of women, especially the courtesans of the Yoshiwara, the regulated pleasure district of the capital Edo (present-day Tokyo). Negai no itoguchi is considered one of Utamaro’s...
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Young married couple

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Man and woman making love. The man wears only a loincloth. The woman's hair falls down on the floor next to a comb. Eleventh of thirteen prints from the album Negai no itoguchi (also translated as: The prelude to desire). 1799, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Young woman with lover and a shamisen

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Woman in colorful dress, kissing her lover while making love. In the background a shamisen (stringed instrument). Last thirteen prints from the album Negai no itoguchi (also translated as: The prelude to desire). 1799, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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