In ukiyo-e prints, Utamaro‘s work is said to have been at its finest in 1793-1796 and then to have declined rapidly. His paramount accomplishment in shunga dates from 1799 and he carried on to produce fine work as late as 1805.
The following Utamaro prints for sale (available in our gallery) are from this period:
An influential shunga design with both protagonists each on the far end of the design. The woman holds on to one her hair-pins while she is trying to maintain her balance.
A compelling image that portrays a daunting rape scene that takes place between rice straw piles. Three men are forcing themselves upon a frightened woman. One of the assailants sports a tattoo on his upper right arm with a skeleton playing a shamisen (three-stringed instrument). Hana fubuki was produced at the same time in polychrome and in black-and-white versions.,
A prosperous male is being pampered by two gorgeous courtesans.