Utamaro I Kitagawa 喜多川歌麿 (1753 - 1806)

Utamaro I Kitagawa 喜多川歌麿 (1753 - 1806)

Utamaro Kitagawa is one of the most significant figures in the history of Japanese art. He is best known for his bijinga (prints of beautiful women) and a series of nature studies. He was and remains one of the artists best known outside of Japan, along with Hokusai Katsushika and Hiroshige I Utagawa. 

Born in 1753, he lived most of his life in Edo (today’s Tokyo) and in his childhood studied art under Sekien Toriyama (1712-1788). He later favoured Masanobu Kitao’s and Kiyonaga Torii’s aesthetic who were both famous for their elegantly elongated images of women. In 1788 Utamaro achieved wide recognition for his work when a number of albums of the highest compositional and technical quality aided him in this achievement. These albums were published by Tsutaya Juzaburo, the most famous publisher of his day, and with whom Utamaro would create a large amount of outstanding work. They joined forces to produce innovative designs, which included close-up portraits (okubi-e), three-quarter length portraits with shimmering mica powder background and a vast array of pictures of famous courtesans from Yoshiwara, the licensed red-light district. His style during this time is defined by graceful and elegant ladies, with rich and elaborate garments, posed in such a way that also revealed the inner beauty of the sitter. His favourite motifs were women at their everyday business, making themselves up, bathing, arranging their hair, walking in the garden, mothers with children, and pairs of lovers. 

Utamaro’s focus was always on character and expression. This type of portraits was unusual at the time, which Utamaro recognised and exploited, sometimes signing his work with ‘Utamaro the physiognomist’. Over the years, Utamaro also created shunga (erotic prints), although many these are unsigned due to their licentious nature and not being approved by governing authorities. Utamaro had a number of pupils, who took names such as Kikumaro (later Tsukimaro), Hidemaro, and Takemaro.

Utamaro I Kitagawa 喜多川歌麿 (1753 - 1806)

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  4. Chikahide Ryusai
  5. Chikanobu Yoshu
  6. Chikashige Morikawa
  7. Chikayoshi Toyohara
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  9. Choki Eishosai
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  12. Eishi Chobunsai
  13. Eisho Chokosai
  14. Eizan Kikugawa
  15. Elizabeth Keith
  16. Eshi Tomikawa Fusanobu
  17. Fusakatsu Kanohara
  18. Fusatane Utagawa
  19. Gakusui Ide
  20. Gekko Ogata
  21. Gesso Yoshimura
  22. Gihachiro Okuyama
  23. Ginko Adachi
  24. Goyo Hashiguchi
  25. Hakuga Koikawa
  26. Hanko Kajita
  27. Harunobu Suzuki
  28. Hasui Kawase
  29. Hideteru Utagawa
  30. Hirokage Utagawa
  31. Hirosada Konishi
  32. Hiroshi Yoshida
  33. Hiroshige I Utagawa (Hiroshige Ando)
  34. Hiroshige II Utagawa
  35. Hiroshige III Utagawa
  36. Hisakuni Utagawa
  37. Hodo Nishimura
  38. Hokkei Totoya
  39. Hokoku Kitamura
  40. Hokusai Katsushika
  41. Hokushu Shunkosai
  42. Ikkei Shosai
  43. Ito Nisaburo
  44. Joichi Hoshi
  45. Junichiro Sekino
  46. Kan'un
  47. Kaoru Kawano
  48. Katsuyuki Nishijima
  49. Keinen Imao
  50. Kiyochika Kobayashi
  51. Kiyonaga Torii
  52. Kiyooki Shinohara
  53. Kiyosada Torii
  54. Kiyoshi Saito
  55. Kiyotada VII Torii
  56. Kiyotsune Torii
  57. Koga Iijima
  58. Kogyo Tsukioka
  59. Koitsu Tsuchiya
  60. Kokunimasa Utagawa
  61. Konen Uehara
  62. Koryusai Isoda
  63. Kokyo Harada
  64. Koson Ohara
  65. Koto Ohkura
  66. Kuniaki Utagawa
  67. Kuniaki II Utagawa
  68. Kunichika Toyohara
  69. Kunihiko Utagawa
  70. Kuninao Utagawa
  71. Kunio Kaneko
  72. Kuniteru Utagawa
  73. Kuniteru (Kunitsuna) II Utagawa
  74. Kunitoshi Utagawa
  75. Kuniume Utagawa
  76. Kuniyasu Utagawa
  77. Kuniyasu Utagawa (Haruaki Sekisai)
  78. Kuniyoshi Utagawa
  79. Kyosai Kawanabe
  80. Kyosui Kawanabe
  81. Masamitsu Ota
  82. Mokuchu Urushibara
  83. Morikane Narita
  84. Mosai Nagashima
  85. Nanryo Suzuki
  86. Nobukazu Fujiwara
  87. Nobukazu Yosai
  88. Nobushige Ryushu
  89. Nobuyasu Yoshu
  90. Onihira Kinshiro
  91. Paul Binnie
  92. Paul Jacoulet
  93. Rosetsu Chinsai
  94. Sadahide Utagawa
  95. Sadanobu Hasegawa
  96. Seiko Okuhara
  97. Seitei Watanabe
  98. Sekijo Juka
  99. Sentaro Iwata
  100. Shigeharu Ryusai
  101. Shigehiro Kikusui
  102. Shigenaga Nishimura
  103. Shigenobu Yanagawa
  104. Shikimaro Kitagawa
  105. Shin'ichi Nakazawa
  106. Shinichi Fujiwara
  107. Shinrei
  108. Shinsui Ito
  109. Shiro Kasamatsu
  110. Shodo Kawarazaki
  111. Shogetsu Toshu
  112. Shotei Takahashi (Hiroaki)
  113. Shoun Yamamoto
  114. Shuko Tomita
  115. Shuncho Katsukawa
  116. Shunei Katsukawa
  117. Shunjo Katsukawa
  118. Shunko I Katsukawa
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  120. Shunsen Katsukawa
  121. Shunsen Natori
  122. Shunsho Katsukawa
  123. Shuntei Miyagawa
  124. Shunzan Katsukawa
  125. Sozan Ito
  126. Tankei Inoue
  127. Teruhide Kato
  128. Tetsuya Abe
  129. Tomikichiro Tokuriki
  130. Tomoyo Jinbo
  131. Toraji Ishikawa
  132. Toshi Yoshida
  133. Toshihide Migita
  134. Toshikata Mizuno
  135. Toshimitsu Fukushima
  136. Toshimitsu Otsuki
  137. Toshimitsu Shinsai
  138. Toyokuni I Utagawa
  139. Toyokuni II Utagawa
  140. Toyokuni III Utagawa (Kunisada I)
  141. Toyokuni IV Utagawa (Kunisada II)
  142. Kunisada III Utagawa
  143. Toyonobu Ishikawa
  144. Toyonobu Utagawa
  145. Tsukimaro Kitagawa
  146. Tsunetomi Kitano
  147. Uncho Samukawa
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  150. Yoshiaki Utagawa
  151. Yoshifuji Utagawa
  152. Yoshiharu Utagawa
  153. Yoshiiku Utagawa
  154. Yoshikazu Utagawa
  155. Yoshimori Utagawa
  156. Yoshitaki Utagawa
  157. Yoshitora Utagawa
  158. Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
  159. Yoshitsuya Utagawa
  160. Yoshitsuya II Utagawa
  161. Zeshin Shibata
  162. Shoji Hamada
  163. Yabu Meizan
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