Woodblock print (reprint) - Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) - Young Woman Blowing a Poppin (Glass Pipe) - Late 20th century

Description
Woodblock print (reprint) - Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) - Young Woman Blowing a Poppin (Glass Pipe) - Late 20th century
Good condition, see description

Woodblock print (reprint) - Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) - Young Woman Blowing a Poppin (Glass Pipe) - From the series “Ten Classes of Women’s Physiognomy” - Late 20th century

Original impression in Metropolitan Museum of Art:
https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/60012764

Utamaro's invention of a print form depicting only a close-up bust portrait of a beauty,known as ökubi-e,enabled him to demonstrate the character of his subjects through their facial expressions and gestures.This print shows a young girl blowing on a glass poppin,a novelty of the type coveted by the nouveau rich of the merchant class.Michener pointed out that ukiyo-e today is prized by social historians,since it depicted the new world of the rising middle class and the rich cultural legacy of the Edo period.This print is one masterpiece from a series presenting the various characteristics of women’s physiognomy.The artist even signed his work“Painted by the physiognomist Utamaro.”Sprinkled little cherry flower motifs on the light pink checker-board design of the kimono,as well as the neatly dressed hair evoke the sense of youth,femininity and decency of a daughter from the upper-middle class.

Lot details
Object
Woodblock print (reprint)
Material
Paper
Period
Late 20th century
Region/ Country of origin
Japan
Artist/ Maker
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)
Attribution
Reprint
Title of artwork
Young Woman Blowing a Poppin (Glass Pipe)
Condition
Good condition, see description
Dimensions
397×260×0 mm
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