Often Utamaro’s women are nameless in print, but they were readily recognizable beauties of their time. Often, these kanban musume or “poster beauties” create an atmosphere or capture a private moment. What is compelling about this particular work is the fluidity of the lines and simplicity of her form. As Utamaro’s okubi-e (big head) portraits revolutionized the bijin-ga genre, the line with which he formed these elegant beauties inspired artists and collectors internationally. Utamaro demonstrates his mastery of line in this image of a young woman. The portrait is simple in color pallet, but rich in visual texture. Utamaro delineates her delicately undone peach kimono through no more than a few elegant strokes. As the line oscillates in width, Utamaro conveys the thickness of the fabric and the subtle curvature of the kimono’s edge. The fine lines of her hair and nestled ornaments contrast the kimono.
Another impression of this print is illustrated in Kiyoshi Shibui's Ukiyoe Zuten Utamaro.