Famous for his bijinga (pictures of beautiful women) masterpieces, Kitagawa Utamaro honed his artistic skills during the Kansei Era (1789-1801) of the Edo Period (1608-1868) — a time when many other ukiyo-e artists, including Katsukawa Shunsho and Toshusai Sharaku, were also gaining popularity.
This comprehensive exhibition traces the development of the golden age of ukiyo-e, when woodblock prints flourished as popular art. It features hand-drawn bijinga and nishiki-e (multi-colored ukiyo-e prints) by Utamaro alongside the work of other well-known print artists also active between 1781 and 1830.
Highlights include "Ten Types of Female Physiognomy — Beauty Reading a Letter" by Utamaro, "Daidozan in the Sumo Ring" by Sharaku and "Three Beauties Representing Snow, the Moon and Cherry Blossoms" by Shunsho. (Yukari Tanaka)