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Title

The coquettish woman


Artist

Kitagawa UTAMARO

Japan

1753? - 1806


About

Utamaro dominated 'ukiyo-e' of the 1790s. The master of the female psychological portrait, he captured every nuance of his subjects' sensual persona. One of Utamaro's innovations was the 'large head' print ('okubi-e'), where the focus was on the face and upper body, thus allowing the viewer to relate to the individuality of the person portrayed.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.249.


Details


Other Title

Woman, Blossoming variety of [women's] speech styles: The coquettish woman


Alternative title

Sakiwake kotoba-no hana: adamono


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1802


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour woodcut


Dimensions

37.3 x 25.8 cm


Signature & date

Signed l.r. in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Utamaro hitsu [drawn by Utamaro]". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1930


Location

Not on display


Accession number

4368


Artist information

Kitagawa UTAMARO

Works in the collection

8


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Gary Hickey, Beauty & desire in Edo period Japan, 'Pleasure Town', pg. 25-36, Parkes, 1998, 31 (colour illus.), 70. fig.no. 25

Jackie Menzies, The Floating World: Japan's world of transient pleasures, Sydney, 1994, not paginated. cat.no. M30

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Floating World', Sydney, 2003, 249 (colour illus.).