- 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
- Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
- Media category
- Materials used
- woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
- 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
- Not on display
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
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.
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
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, Canberra, 06 Jun 1998–09 Aug 1998
Referenced in 3 publications
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.).
Samurai Shōkai, Yokohama/Kanagawa/Japan, purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales 1930.
Other works by Kitagawa Utamaro
See all 8 works