Utamaro (1753 - 1806 )

Best known for his slender and graceful bijin-ga, or "pictures of beautiful women," Utamaro is one of the masters of Japanese woodblock printing. He is renowned for his ability to subtly capture the personality and private lives of Edo's women, from courtesans to mothers. Utamaro’s enormous popularity was not limited to Japan. During the 19th century, Utamaro's ukiyo-e designs entranced Western artists and collectors. Mary Cassat was particularly taken by Utamaro’s Japanese woodblock prints, exclaiming, “you who want to make color prints, you couldn’t imagine anything more beautiful.”1

The scholar and artist Sekien served as Utamaro’s teacher until Seiken’s death in 1788. While the influence of Kiyonaga coursed through Utamaro's early woodblock prints, his unique style soon asserted itself. A prolific artist, he also produced illustrated books and paintings. Around 1791, he directed his focus to half portraits of women on their own, rather than the full-length, group designs that dominated the genre of bijin-ga. In 1804, he ran into legal trouble with the Tokugawa Shogunate for producing prints relating to a historical scene. The print depicted the 16th century ruler Hideyoshi with his wife and courtesans, entitled Hideyoshi and His Five Concubines. The work was deemed disrespectful and Utamaro was sentenced and imprisoned for a short time. Some believe that this broke his spirit, for he died in Edo two years later.

 

1. Mathews, Nancy Mowll. Mary Cassatt: A Life. New York: Villard, 1994. Print, 194.

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  • Aikawa, Minwa (ask Gosentei)
  • Akiyama, Iwao
  • Amano, Kunihiro
  • Arichi, Yoshito
  • Ashiyuki
  • Bairei
  • Bakufu
  • Beato, Felice
  • Beisaku
  • Biho
  • Buncho
  • Bunro
  • Chen, Long
  • Chikanobu
  • Chikashige
  • Chikayoshi
  • Chikuseki
  • Choki
  • Dai, Bin
  • Eiri
  • Eisen
  • Eishi
  • Eisho
  • Eizan
  • Fukita, Fumiaki
  • Fukuda, Heihachiro
  • Fusatane
  • Gakutei
  • Gakyo
  • Gekko
  • Ginko
  • Goto, Michiyoshi
  • Goyo
  • Gyozan
  • Hara, Katsuro
  • Harunobu
  • Hasegawa, Konobu
  • Hashimoto, Okiie
  • Hasui
  • Hidematsu
  • Hidenari
  • Hirokage
  • Hironobu
  • Hirosada
  • Hiroshige
  • Hiroshige & Toyokuni III
  • Hiroshige II
  • Hiroshige III
  • Hoitsu
  • Hokkei
  • Hokuba
  • Hokuei
  • Hokuga
  • Hokusai
  • Hokushu
  • Hokutai
  • Horiyoshi III
  • Hoson
  • Iizuka, Kunio
  • Ikeda, Terukata
  • Ikeda, Zuigetsu
  • Ikegami, Isao
  • Ikuhide
  • Inagaki, Tomoo
  • Inagaki, Toshijiro
  • Inuzuka, Taisui
  • Ishii, Toru
  • Ishimoto, Yasuhiro
  • Ito, Nisaburo
  • Kanpo
  • Katsushika, Isai
  • Keibun
  • Keinen
  • Kikuchi, Yosai
  • Kiyochika
  • Kiyohara, Hitoshi
  • Kiyomitsu
  • Kiyonaga
  • Kiyoshi
  • Kiyotada IV
  • Kiyotsune
  • Koei
  • Kogyo
  • Koitsu
  • Kokei
  • Koryusai
  • Koson
  • Kotondo
  • Koun
  • Koyama, Avito
  • Kuniaki II
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  • Kunihiro
  • Kunihisa II
  • Kunimori II
  • Kuninao
  • Kunisada
  • Kunisada II (aka Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV)
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  • Kusama, Yayoi
  • Kuzuhara, Teru
  • Kyosai
  • Ling, Junwu
  • Mabuchi, Toru
  • Maeda, Morikazu
  • Magers, Michael
  • Masanobu
  • Masayoshi
  • Mifune, Tsunade
  • Mimura, Seizan
  • Miyagawa, Shuntei
  • Mizufune, Rokushu
  • Morikane
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  • Moronobu
  • Murakami, Sadao
  • Nagai, Kiyoshi (Hiroyuki Tajima)
  • Nakao, Yoshitaka
  • Nakayama, Shuko
  • Nishigaki, Hayaki
  • Nishikawa, Yoichiro
  • Nishimura, Hodo
  • Nobukazu
  • Ohtsu, Kazuyuki
  • Okada, Koichi
  • Okumura, Toshinobu
  • Okumura, Koichi
  • Onchi, Koshiro
  • Pissarro, Camille
  • Rakusan (Rakuzan)
  • Ridley, Matthew White
  • Rinsai
  • Sadafusa
  • Sadahide
  • Sadahiro
  • Sadanobu
  • Sadanobu III
  • Saigetsu
  • Sakai, Doitsu
  • Sanmonji, Kazuhiko
  • Sarashina, Syu (Shu)
  • Sawada, Tetsuro
  • Seiko
  • Sekino, Jun'ichiro
  • Sharaku
  • Shi, Yi
  • Shigeharu
  • Shigemasa
  • Shigenobu
  • Shimizu, Seifu
  • Shin'ei
  • Shinsai
  • Shinsui
  • Shiro
  • Shoson
  • Shoun
  • Shuho
  • Shuncho
  • Shundo
  • Shunei
  • Shunjo
  • Shunko
  • Shunman
  • Shunsen
  • Shunsho
  • Shuntei
  • Sonsai
  • Sori III
  • Chigusa, Soun
  • Sozan
  • Sugakudo
  • Sukenobu
  • Suzuki, Eizin
  • Suzuki, Kinsen
  • Tadakiyo
  • Tadamasa
  • Taito II
  • Takahashi, Hiromitsu
  • Takahashi, Ushio
  • Murakami, Takashi
  • Takehisa, Yumeji
  • Tamikuni
  • Tamimasa
  • Taniguchi, Kokyo
  • Tatsumi
  • Teisai, Shuri
  • Toshiaki
  • Toshihide
  • Toshikage
  • Toshikata
  • Toshimasa
  • Toshimine
  • Toyohiro
  • Toyokiyo
  • Toyokuni I
  • Toyokuni II (Toyoshige)
  • Toyokuni III
  • Toyonari
  • Tsukimaro
  • Ueda, Fujo
  • Uehara, Konen
  • Ukiyo-e Project (Publisher)
  • Umeno, Takako
  • Unno, Mitsuhiro
  • Urushibara, Mokuchu
  • Ushiku, Kenji
  • Utamaro
  • Utamaro II
  • Van Otterloo, Chris
  • Wada, Sanzo
  • Yamao, Akio
  • Yasuda, Shodo
  • Yoshida, Tsukasa
  • Yoshifuji
  • Yoshifusa
  • Yoshihiro
  • Yoshiiku
  • Yoshikage II
  • Yoshikata
  • Yoshikazu
  • Yoshikuni
  • Yoshimitsu
  • Yoshimori
  • Yoshitaki
  • Yoshitora
  • Yoshitoshi
  • Yoshitoyo
  • Yoshitsuna
  • Yoshitsuya
  • Yoshitsuya II
  • Yoshiume
  • Zeshin
  • Aoyama, Masaharu
  • Araki, Shinko
  • Araki, Tetsuo
  • Asada, Benji
  • Asano,Takeji
  • Azechi, Umetaro
  • Baldridge, Cyrus LeRoy
  • Bartlett, Charles
  • Bonnard, Pierre
  • Brayer, Sarah
  • Cassatt, Mary
  • Yoshida, Chizuko
  • Degas, Edgar
  • Keith, Elizabeth
  • Brown, Everett
  • Fang, Limin
  • Foujita, Tsuguharu
  • Fujita, Fumio
  • Fukase, Masahisa
  • Kitaoka, Fumio
  • Funasaka, Yoshisuke
  • Fukami, Gashu
  • Gu, Zhijun
  • Hack, Vincent
  • Hagiwara, Hideo
  • Hagiwara, Tsuneyoshi
  • Hanafusa, Hideki
  • Hao, Boyi
  • Hao, Ping
  • Hara, Takeshi
  • Hasegawa, Kannosuke (Chikuyo)
  • Hyde, Helen
  • Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de
  • Kawanishi, Hide
  • Hiratsuka, Unichi
  • Hiratsuka, Yuji
  • Hironaga, Takehiko
  • Horie, Ryoichi
  • Hoshi, Joichi
  • Hosoe, Eikoh
  • Howard, Daryl
  • Ide, Gakusui
  • Ideguchi, Yuki
  • Ido, Masao
  • Ikai, Tadashi
  • Imaizumi, Tadayoshi
  • Ishiwata, Koitsu
  • Ito, Yuhan
  • Iwami, Reika
  • Iwasawa, Asako
  • Jacoulet, Paul
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  • Kajiwara, Hisako
  • Karhu, Clifton
  • Yuasa, Katsutoshi
  • Kawada, Kan
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  • Kawano, Kaoru
  • Kawase, Yoshihito
  • Okamoto, Kazuko
  • Kelly, Daniel
  • Kidokoro, Sho
  • Sasajima, Kihei
  • Kimura, Yoshiharu
  • Kobashi,Yasuhide
  • Kokunimasa (aka Kunimasa V)
  • Konishi, Seiichiro
  • Korn, Marian
  • Kotozuka, Eiichi
  • Kozaki, Kan
  • Inoue, Kozo
  • Kaneko, Kunio
  • Kuroda, Shigeki
  • Li, Yansong
  • Li, Yitai
  • Lin, Dunxi
  • Lippens, Josée
  • Liu, Chunhai
  • Lu, Chengqing
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  • Lum, Bertha
  • Ui, Machiko
  • Maki, Haku
  • Manet, Edouard
  • Tanaka, Masaaki
  • Minami, Masahiko
  • Murai, Masanari
  • Miki, Suizan
  • Miller, Lilian
  • Minagawa, Taizo
  • Miyamoto, Shufu
  • Miyashita, Tokio
  • Mori, Shunkei
  • Mori, Yoshitoshi
  • Morigo, Nao
  • Sato, Morihiro
  • Moriyama, Daido
  • Oi, Motoi
  • Munakata, Shiko
  • Nagano, Shigeichi
  • Naito, Tadayuki
  • Naito, Yachiyo
  • Nakayama, Tadashi
  • Namiki, Hajime
  • Matsubara, Naoko
  • Ng, Cindy Sio Leng
  • Nishida, Tadashige
  • Nishijima, Katsuyuki
  • Sato, Nobuo
  • Norikane, Hiroto
  • Oda, Kazuma
  • Ogawa, Koichi
  • Ohashi, Shigeyuki
  • Ohba, Masao
  • Okamoto, Shogo
  • Okamoto, Yoshimi
  • Okuyama, Gihachiro
  • Okuyama, Gijin
  • Onda, Akio
  • Ono, Tadashige
  • Osanai, Toshikage
  • Osugi, Shoji
  • Ouchi, Makoto
  • Rei, Yuki
  • Rome, Joshua
  • Ronin Gallery Catalogue & Poster
  • Shinagawa, Ryo
  • Tanaka, Ryohei
  • Saito, Kiyoshi
  • Sakamoto, Koichi
  • Sano, Seiji
  • Sato, Tokihiro
  • Masuda, Sebastian
  • Seiler, Willy
  • Watanabe, Seitei
  • Shi, Ji-hong
  • Shibata, Toshio
  • Shimotakahara, Nobuteru
  • Shinoda, Toko
  • Shinohara, Noriko
  • Shinohara, Ushio
  • Shitanda, Zen
  • Ashikaga, Shizuo
  • Kawarazaki, Shodo
  • Yukawa, Shodo
  • Mishima, Shoso
  • Shotei (aka Hiroaki)
  • Mori, Shuncho
  • Natori, Shunsen
  • Suda, Issei
  • Sudo, Masato
  • Sugiura, Kazutoshi
  • Suzuki, Kason
  • Tajima, Hiroyuki
  • Takagi, Shiro
  • Takahashi, Rikio
  • Takane, Koko
  • Ito, Takashi
  • Takeda, Hideo
  • Takeshita, Kin-u
  • Takeuchi, Keishu
  • Tamai, Cyoko
  • Tamamura, Kozaburo
  • Fujikawa, Tamenobu
  • Tanigami, Konan
  • Teisai, Sencho
  • Terasaki, Kogyo
  • Tissot, James
  • Tokuriki, Tomikichiro
  • Tomihari, Hiroshi
  • Tomioka, Eisen
  • Tomita, Fumio
  • Kamoshita, Tomomi
  • Tsurusawa, Kieko
  • Ueda, Yoshihiko
  • Unsigned / Unknown Artist
  • Vuillard, Edouard
  • Ito, Wako
  • Wang, Weiqi
  • Watanabe, Sadao
  • Whistler, James McNeil
  • Williams, Brian
  • Wu, Yin
  • Wu, Zuoren
  • Xu, Ming
  • Yamaguchi, Keisuke (OZ)
  • Yamanaka, Kodo
  • Yamazaki, Hiroshi
  • Yang, Yongsheng
  • Yayanagi, Go
  • Yeh, Fang
  • Yeh, Lan
  • Yoshida, Hiroshi
  • Yoshida, Hodaka
  • Yoshida, Masaji
  • Yoshida, Toshi
  • Yu, Chengyou
  • Yuasa, Hiroshi
  • Nishimoto, Yuki
  • Katsuda, Yukio
  • Yushin, Ayaoka
  • Zhang, Yuanfeng

Series

  • Annals of the Green Houses
  • Book of Selected Insects
  • Ehon Momo Chidori
  • Utamakura

Subject

  • Actors & Theater
  • Animals & Fish
  • Architectural
  • Autumn
  • Beauties (bijin-ga)
  • Birds
  • Calligraphy
  • Children
  • Comic
  • Flowers & Gardens
  • Insects
  • Landscapes
  • Legends & History
  • Manga & Bookplates
  • Moon & Night
  • Music & Dance
  • Nature
  • Pastimes
  • Poets & Scholars
  • Portraits
  • Rituals & Beliefs
  • Shunga
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Surimono
  • Tokaido
  • Waterfalls and Rapids
  • Waterscapes

Period

  • 1600 - 1800 (Early Edo)
  • 1800 - 1868 (Edo)
  • 1868 - 1912 (Meiji)
  • 1912 - 1945 (Taisho & Early Showa)
  • 1945 - 1989 (Showa & Postwar Period)
  • 1989 - Today (Heisei & Reiwa)

Medium

  • Ehon
  • Woodblock Print

Size

  • Extra Small (ie. Koban)
  • Small (ie. Chuban)
  • Medium (ie. Oban)
  • Large (ie. Triptych)
  • Extra Large

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