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The Scabrous Lyrics of Utamaro’s Singing Geisha

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In this captivating and audacious composition by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) *, a geisha (female performer) mounts her lover, plucking the shamisen and singing as they make love. He leans back, suppresses a yawn, and makes fun of her. Chinese Style Surrounding their pillows is a folding screen painted with an ink landscape in Chinese style. […]

The Awabi Divers Triptych Masterpiece of Kitagawa Utamaro

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Women awabi (ama) divers made a frequent motif of ukiyo-e since the early years of the woodblock printing art. No other themes appeared to be better suited to express the beauty of the female body in a form acceptable to the public in those days. This three-piece suite by Utamaro is the most famous of […]

5 Classic Scenes From Utamaro’s The Laughing Drinker Series

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What is perhaps Utamaro’s last erotic book, the three-volume ‘Picture Book: The Laughing Drinker (Ehon warai jogo)‘, was published around 1803. The book opens with a preface signed ‘Maro’s Wife’, in the form of a letter that Utamaro’s (fictitious?) wife addresses to the publisher during her husband’s absence. Devil of a Wife She has undertaken […]

How the Ukiyo-e Master Utamaro Sets Us on the Wrong Foot

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A man sucks at his lover’s nipple. They are making love in a seated position in an ordinary room in a townsman’s house. At first sight, when we observe their simple cotton bathrobes they wear, it seems an uninhibited scene of sexual intercourse between husband and wife after a bath. Yet, the dialogue tells us […]

The Hostile Dogs of Kitagawa Utamaro II and His Teacher Utamaro

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In the early stages of the training to become an independent ukiyo-e artist or at least climb up the hierarchy*, the student followed the style of his mentor closely**. A striking example of the transition from copying to integrating one’s own ideas is pictured below. Directness The first print was produced by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) and […]

The Forceful Hairy Intruders by the Masters Utamaro and Kunisada

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In the woodblock print schools during the Edo period pupils adopted the style of their masters by looking at their designs and copying them first before they developed their own style later in their career. The teachers (masters) on the other hand looked at their colleagues and rivals from the past and present for inspiration. […]

Utamaro’s Lusty Widows and Secret Lovers

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Here a widow secretly meets her married lover (Fig.1.). The emphasis on the eyes in Utamaro’s art is shown in clear detail; the woman twists round to catch the man’s gaze as he uses his fingers to stimulate her. She lifts her hand to her mouth in surprise at his bold move and raises her […]

The Sublime Utamaro Art From The Laughing Drinker Series

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Picture-book: The Laughing Drinker (Ehon warai jogo) was probably Utamaro‘s last erotic book, published at New Year 1803. The title refers to someone who perpetually becomes lighthearted when intoxicated. Utamaro‘s Wife The preface purports to be a letter from the artist’s wife, addressed in his absence to the publisher. Written in a suitably feminine calligraphic […]

Keisai Eisen Is Ranked Not Far From Utamaro

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After Hokusai, undoubtedly the most striking figure among the later shunga artists is Keisai Eisen (1790-1848). Eisen was to prove one of the most prolific (together with Kunisada) of all ukiyo-e shunga masters. His several sets of larger album-prints are well known, and he produced more than three dozen different shunga books as well – […]

Shunga Video Featuring Rare Koban Designs by Utamaro

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The video below features uncommon shunga prints in the koban (smaller)-sized format attributed to Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806). The designs are of sensual rendezvous of mainly married couples in domestic settings. Sometimes even their offspring is included. Eruptions A man is “gaining access” to his loved one. The latter brings the sleeve of the kimono to her […]

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