The paintings and prints of beautiful women created by Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815) and Kitagawa Utamaro
(1753-1806) represent the pinnacle of ukiyo-e.
But Kitagawa Utamaro
, the Japanese printmaker of genius, adored pretty women centuries before Richard Gere was chasing them in the movies.
The Golden Age of Colour Prints: Ukiyo-e from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston features the art of three of the most important artists in Japanese history: Torii Kiyonaga, Kitagawa Utamaro
and Toshashusai Sharaku, along with a selection of work by their contemporaries.
Ikon Gallery, Oozells Square, Brindley Place, Birmingham: Kitagawa Utamaro
-survey of woodblock prints, mainly images of women, by 18th century Japanese artist from the British Museum collection.
WOMEN DRESSING THEIR HAIR BY KITAGAWA UTAMARO
(1754-1806), 1790S Oban, colour woodblock print, 38.
Woodblock prints by such masters as Kitagawa Utamaro
and Katsushika Hokusai provided unprecedented views of traditional ukivo-e, scenes of the floating world (everyday life).