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Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Ukiyo-e

"Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Ukiyo-e"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 10  September 2, 2014 (Tue) - September 28, 2014 (Sun)

  
Women at Various Hours of the Day: Hour of Monkey (Four o'clock p.m.), By Kitagawa Utamaro, Edo period, 18th century (Important Cultural Property)

This exhibition features works by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753?-1806), a skilled ukiyo-e artist renowned for his portrayal of Japanese beauties. Utamaro began his career receiving commissions related to comic kyoka poems, a highly popular form of literary art at the time, such as illustrations for printed books. Later, he gradually established his own artistic style in pursuit of depicting feminine beauty, which is amply shown through the works selected for this exhibition. The works on exhibit consist of prints created in the Tenmei era (1781-1789), during which Utamaro was developing his style, and in the Kansei era (1789-1801), a period when his artistic achievement was at its peak, as well as one of his paintings.

Current exhibit includes:
Standing Beauty, By Kitagawa Utamaro, Edo period, 18th century (Important Art Object, Private collection)
Elegant Pleasures: The Scent of Flowers; Bush Clover Viewers, By Kitagawa Utamaro, Edo period, 18th century
Female Performers at the Niwaka Festival in the Pleasure District: Ogiebushi Shingers Oiyo and Takeji in Omando Ceremony Costume, By Kitagawa Utamaro, Edo period, dated 1783
Women at Various Hours of the Day: Hour of Monkey (Four o'clock p.m.), By Kitagawa Utamaro, Edo period, 18th century (Important Cultural Property)

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 2 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
The Twelve Hours in Yoshiwara: Hour of the Rat (Midnight) By Kitagawa Utamaro (1753?-1806) Edo period, 18th century A-10569-3526
The Twelve Hours in Yoshiwara: Hour of the Tiger (4 a.m.) By Kitagawa Utamaro (1753?-1806) Edo period, 18th century A-10569-3528