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Title

Portrait of a standing courtesan

1780s

Artist

Utagawa Utagawa Toyoharu

Japan

1735 - 1814

  • Details

    Other Title
    Portrait of a standing courtesan (Tayû)
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    Date
    1780s
    Media categories
    Scroll , Painting
    Materials used
    hanging scroll; ink and colour on silk
    Dimensions
    161.5 x 84.2 cm image; 274.0 x 105.5 x 117.5 cm scroll
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., in Japanese, ink [inscribed] "Tôto Utagawa Toyoharu zu-shi [painted by Utagawa Toyoharu of the Eastern Capital (Edo)]" [and two artist's seals]. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by Kenneth Myer 1990
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    104.1990
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Utagawa Utagawa Toyoharu

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  • About

    Toyoharu was the founder of the Utagawa school, a school of 'ukiyo-e' that was to dominate the late 1700s into the 1800s. As with many 'ukiyo-e' masters, biographical details on him are scant. He produced many prints, pioneering the use of perspective in his landscape prints. In the 1780s he turned to paintings of courtesans of which this is an extraordinary example. The subject is a high-class courtesan, yet its unusual scale would indicate it was created for a special patron or teahouse proprietor who avidly admired the girl. She is sumptuously dressed in between-season robes, boldly decorated with the classic pairing of phoenix and dragon. The distinctive hairdo with its wide side flanges and many combs and ornamental hairpins dates the work to the 1780s, when such hairstyles were the vogue.

    The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.252.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 7 publications

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