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An image of The coquettish woman by Kitagawa UTAMARO

Kitagawa UTAMARO

(Japan 1753? – 1806)

The coquettish woman
Other titles:
Woman, Blossoming variety of [women's] speech styles: The coquettish woman
Alternative title:
Sakiwake kotoba-no hana: adamono
Place of origin
Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
Media category
Materials used
colour woodcut

37.3 x 25.8 cm

Signature & date
Signed l.r. in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Utamaro hitsu [drawn by Utamaro]". Not dated.
Purchased 1930
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (3)

Gary Hickey, Beauty & desire in Edo period Japan, 'Pleasure Town', pg. 25-36, Parkes, 1998, 31 (colour illus.), 70. 25

Jackie Menzies, The Floating World: Japan's world of transient pleasures, Sydney, 1994, not paginated. M30

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

Exhibition history (2)

The Floating World: Japan's World of transient pleasures, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 May 1994–17 Jul 1994

Beauty and Desire in Edo period Japan, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes, 06 Jun 1998–09 Aug 1998