Musée No:325.093Regular price £25.00
Traditional Japanese Illustration
Artist: Utamaro Kitagawa
Known for producing some of the world’s best-known ukiyo-e prints, the man himself is a mystery figure and very little is recorded about his life. We do know that he was arrested and then held under house arrest for fifty days in 1804 for making illegal prints depicting a 16th-century military ruler - artists were not allowed to portray famous political figures yet he signed his provocative paintings. He is considered as “a master of femininity” and an “expert on women.” He became famous in the early 1790s for his portraits of beautiful women with elongated, exaggerated features. He also produced nature studies, specialising in illustrated books of insects. He is known for Japanese erotica in the shunga style. He is thought to have created thousands of designs and artworks and has served as an inspiration for even more. He was one of the few woodblock prints and paintings artists to achieve fame throughout Japan in his lifetime.