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UTAMARO - Japanese Woodblock Print PORTRAIT OF A SMOKER 1795 MASTERWORK

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UTAMARO - Japanese Woodblock Print PORTRAIT OF A SMOKER 1795 MASTERWORK

KITAGAWA UTAMARO

A Woman Smoking

from the series "Ten Feminine Facial Types"


Date: originated c. 1795 published by Tsutaya, this is a mid-20th century Takamizawa printing
Size: oban, approx. 10.25" x 15.25"
Condition: VG, overall excellent condition 
Impression: VG, distressed white mica background is embossed to indicate the smoke she is exhaling 
Color: VG, strong color with bleed through to the verso, strong white mica background
Utamaro's iconic image of a woman casually exhaling smoke with her kimono undone. The no-nonsense air of the woman suggests that she was, perhaps a tea-house girl.
ABOUT KITAGAWA UTAMARO
Kitagawa Utamaro (ca. 1753 - October 31, 1806) was a Japanese print maker and painter, and is considered one of the greatest artists of woodblock prints (ukiyo-e). He is known especially for his masterfully composed studies of women, known as bijin-ga. He also produced nature studies, particularly illustrated books of insects.

His work reached Europe in the mid 19th century, where it was very popular, enjoying particular acclaim in France. He influenced the European Impressionists with his use of partial views, and emphasis on light and shade.


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