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Kitagawa Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Utamaro is regarded as one of the greatest ukiyo-e artists of all time. Considered by many the finest master of bijin-ga (pictures of beauties), Utamaro was able to convey subtle aspects of mood and personality that go beyond physical beauty. His evocative, sensual beauties have justly earned him an international reputation.

Early life

Not much is known about the early life of Utamaro. He studied painting with the artist Sekien, but Kiyonaga's woodblock print designs of graceful women probably had the greatest influence on Utamaro's work.

Woodblock printing

Utamaro established his mature style in the 1790s, creating graceful, elegant beauties and courtesans with a unique insight into mood and personality. His idealized women have a sensual beauty reinforced by Utamaro's fluid, elegant line and his use of sumptuously patterned fabrics and rich mica backgrounds. In addition to his well-known bust-length portraits, Utamaro also did scenes of women at work, famous lovers, erotic books (shunga), beauties from legend and history, and festivals and outdoor scenes.

In 1804, Utamaro was arrested and briefly imprisoned for violating censorship laws for a historical print depicting the Shogun Hideyoshi, whose heir had been deposed by the ruling Tokugawa Shogunate. He was never quite the same after this experience, and although he continued to create prints, he died two years later.

During his lifetime, Utamaro designed around two thousand prints. His best-known series include Ten Studies in Female Physiognomy, Twelve Hours in the Yoshiwara, and Great Love Themes of Classical Poetry (Women in Love).

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Wasp and Hairy Caterpillar by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Wasp and Hairy Caterpillar


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $25.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 1
Ends: 3d 11h 20m300059
Courtesans Strolling by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Courtesans Strolling


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $25.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 1
Ends: 3d 11h 18m299939
Takashima Ohisa  by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Takashima Ohisa


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Yuyudo Publisher reprint
$55.00 Fixed Price
The Fancy-Free Type by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

The Fancy-Free Type


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Yuyodo Publisher reprint
$55.00 Fixed Price
Yamauba and Kintaro by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Yamauba and Kintaro


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Yuyudo Publisher reprint
$55.00 Fixed Price
Beauty Using a Full Length Mirror  by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Beauty Using a Full Length Mirror


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Beautiful mica detail, Yuyudo publisher
$65.00 Fixed Price
Hanaogi of the Ogiya  by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Hanaogi of the Ogiya


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Yuyodo Publisher reprint
$55.00 Fixed Price
Heron Maiden  by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Heron Maiden


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Yuyodo Publisher reprint
$55.00 Fixed Price
Ha...of the Southern Station  by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Ha...of the Southern Station


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Yuyodo Publisher reprint
$55.00 Fixed Price
Naniwaya Okita  by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Naniwaya Okita


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Yuyudo Publisher reprint
$55.00 Fixed Price
Tatsumi Roko  by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Tatsumi Roko


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Yuyudo Publisher reprint
$55.00 Fixed Price
Hour of the Sheep (2 pm) by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Hour of the Sheep (2 pm)


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Yuyudo Publisher reprint
$55.00 Fixed Price
Hinazuru of the Chojiya by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Hinazuru of the Chojiya


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Yuyodo Publisher reprint
$55.00 Fixed Price
Hanazuma of the Hyogoya  by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Hanazuma of the Hyogoya


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Yuyodo Publisher reprint
$55.00 Fixed Price
Love for a Street-walker by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Love for a Street-walker


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

$115.00 Fixed Price
Hour of the Horse (12 Noon)  by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Hour of the Horse (12 Noon)


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Yuyudo Publisher reprint
$55.00 Fixed Price
Hours of the Snake (10 am) by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Hours of the Snake (10 am)


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Yuyudo Publisher reprint
$55.00 Fixed Price
Wakatsuru of the Wakamatsuya by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Wakatsuru of the Wakamatsuya


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Yuyudo Publisher reprint
$55.00 Fixed Price
Hanamurasaki of the Tamaya  by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Hanamurasaki of the Tamaya


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Yuyudo Publisher reprint
$55.00 Fixed Price
The Asahiya Widow  by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

The Asahiya Widow


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Yuyudo Publisher reprint
$55.00 Fixed Price
Asazuma-bune, Folding Fan Seller, Utamakura  by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Asazuma-bune, Folding Fan Seller, Utamakura


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Yuyudo Publisher reprint
$55.00 Fixed Price
Hour of the Dragon (8 am) by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Hour of the Dragon (8 am)


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

$55.00 Fixed Price
Young Woman Blowing a Poppin  by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Young Woman Blowing a Poppin


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Yuyudo Publisher reprint
$55.00 Fixed Price
Hour of the Monkey (4 pm) by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Hour of the Monkey (4 pm)


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Yuyudo Publisher reprint
$55.00 Fixed Price
Beauty Smoking  by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Beauty Smoking


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Yuyudo Publisher reprint, with beautiful mica background
$65.00 Fixed Price
Courtesan Takigawa of Ogiya by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Courtesan Takigawa of Ogiya


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Yuyudo Publisher reprint
$55.00 Fixed Price
Hairdresser  by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Hairdresser


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Yuyudo Publisher reprint
$55.00 Fixed Price
Beauty Carrying Laundry  by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Beauty Carrying Laundry


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Yuyudo Publisher reprint
$55.00 Fixed Price
Beauty Tucking a Hair behind Her Ear by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Beauty Tucking a Hair behind Her Ear


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Lovely silver mica background, Adachi Publisher
$95.00 Fixed Price
Young Woman Blowing a Poppin  by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Young Woman Blowing a Poppin


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

$85.00 Fixed Price
Dojo-ji Temple  by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Dojo-ji Temple


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Adachi Publisher reprint, Beautiful mica background
$115.00 Fixed Price
Picture of the Upper Class by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Picture of the Upper Class


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Adachi Publisher reprint
$85.00 Fixed Price
Young Woman Blowing a Poppin  by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Young Woman Blowing a Poppin


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

$85.00 Fixed Price
Beauty Smoking by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Beauty Smoking


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Takamizawa Publisher reprint with beautiful mica
$115.00 Fixed Price
Hour of the Horse (12 Noon), 1915 Watanabe Reprint by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Hour of the Horse (12 Noon), 1915 Watanabe Reprint


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Rare, beautifully printed 1915 Watanabe reprint. See details...
$215.00 Fixed Price
Quail and Skylark by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Quail and Skylark


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Rare, Oedo Mokuhansha published reprint.
$115.00 Fixed Price
Combing the Hair by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Combing the Hair


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Takamizawa Publisher reprint
$135.00 Fixed Price
Takashima Ohisa by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Takashima Ohisa


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Rare reprint
$115.00 Fixed Price
The Chatterbox and the Naughty Girl  by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

The Chatterbox and the Naughty Girl


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

$95.00 Fixed Price
Dressing a Young Girl for the Obitoki Ceremony at the Shichigosan Festival by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Dressing a Young Girl for the Obitoki Ceremony at the Shichigosan Festival


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

$95.00 Fixed Price
The Peepshow by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

The Peepshow


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Rare, with mica dusting
$95.00 Fixed Price
The Asahiya Widow by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

The Asahiya Widow


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Rare Adachi reprint, beautifully printed
$115.00 Fixed Price
Picture of the Middle Class by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Picture of the Middle Class


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

$85.00 Fixed Price
Deeply Hidden Love by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Deeply Hidden Love


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Adachi Publisher reprint, Beautiful mica background
$95.00 Fixed Price
Bag Worm and Horned Scarab Beetle by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Bag Worm and Horned Scarab Beetle


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

$75.00 Fixed Price
Evening Cicada and Spider by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Evening Cicada and Spider


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

$75.00 Fixed Price
Land Snail and Giant Katydid by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Land Snail and Giant Katydid


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

$75.00 Fixed Price
Ochie of the Koiseya at Kobikicho, Shin-yashiki by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Ochie of the Koiseya at Kobikicho, Shin-yashiki


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Exquisite Watanabe early reprint, with seal and mica background
$175.00 Fixed Price
Courtesan Takigawa of Ogiya by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Courtesan Takigawa of Ogiya


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Adachi Publisher reprint
$95.00 Fixed Price
Beauty Applying Makeup by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Beauty Applying Makeup


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Stunning Utamaro masterwork with mica detail
$155.00 Fixed Price
Beauty and an Insect Cage by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Beauty and an Insect Cage


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

$95.00 Fixed Price
Needlework by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Needlework


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Rare, early Watanabe publisher reprint
$175.00 Fixed Price
Love That Meets Each Night by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Love That Meets Each Night


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

$95.00 Fixed Price
The Fancy-Free Type by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

The Fancy-Free Type


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Beautiful mica background
$95.00 Fixed Price
The Fancy-Free Type by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

The Fancy-Free Type


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

$85.00 Fixed Price
Hour of the Sheep (2 pm)  by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Hour of the Sheep (2 pm)


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Adachi Publisher reprint
$85.00 Fixed Price
Hour of the Boar (10 pm) by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Hour of the Boar (10 pm)


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Adachi Publisher reprint
$85.00 Fixed Price
Beauties Playing by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Beauties Playing


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

$95.00 Fixed Price
Kamiya Jihei and Kinokuniya Koharu by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Kamiya Jihei and Kinokuniya Koharu


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Beautiful Adachi publisher reprint
$95.00 Fixed Price
Courtesan Somenosuke of the Matsubaya  by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Courtesan Somenosuke of the Matsubaya


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Adachi Publisher reprint
$85.00 Fixed Price
Beauty Smoking by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Beauty Smoking


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Adachi Publisher reprint, Beautiful mica background
$115.00 Fixed Price
Miyahito of the Ogiya by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Miyahito of the Ogiya


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Shimmering mica background, Adachi publisher
$125.00 Fixed Price
Beauty with Grinding Mill by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Beauty with Grinding Mill


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Fine Adachi Publisher reprint
$95.00 Fixed Price
Woman Reading a Letter by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Woman Reading a Letter


Utamaro (1750 - 1806)


Exquisite Watanabe early reprint, with 6mm seal and mica background
$175.00 Fixed Price