/ooh"tah mah"rddaw/; Eng. /ooh'teuh mahr"oh/, n.
Kitagawa /kee"tah gah"wah/, 1753-1806, Japanese painter, draftsman, and designer of prints.

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orig. Kitagawa Nebsuyoshi

born 1753, Japan
died Oct. 31, 1806, Edo

Japanese printmaker and painter.

He moved from a provincial town to Edo (now Tokyo) in his youth; his early work included many illustrated books. One of the greatest ukiyo-e artists, he is known especially for his masterfully composed portraits of sensuous female beauties. Unlike other ukiyo-e artists, who favoured prints of women in groups, Utamaro concentrated on half-length single portraits.

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▪ Japanese artist
in full  Kitagawa Utamaro , original name  Kitagawa Nebsuyoshi 
born 1753, Japan
died Oct. 31, 1806, Edo, Japan—d.

      Japanese printmaker and painter who was one of the greatest artists of the ukiyo-e (“pictures of the floating world”) movement; he is known especially for his masterfully composed portraits of sensuous female beauties.

      Probably born in a provincial town, he went to Edo (now Tokyo) with his mother. There, under the name of Toyoaki, he started painting and designing rather unoriginal wood-block prints of women. He also occupied himself with nature studies and published many illustrated books, of which Gahon chūsen (1788; “Insects”) is best known.

      In about 1791 Utamaro gave up designing prints for books and concentrated on making half-length single portraits of women rather than prints of women in groups as favoured by other ukiyo-e artists. In 1804, at the height of his success, he made some prints depicting the military ruler Toyotomi Hideyoshi's wife and concubines. Consequently, he was accused of insulting Hideyoshi's dignity and was ordered to be handcuffed for 50 days. The experience crushed him emotionally and ended his career as an artist. Among his best known works are the wood-block-print series “Fu ninsōgaku jittai” (“Ten Physiognomies of Women”), “Seirō jūni-toki” (“Twelve Hours at the Gay Quarters”), “Seirō nanakomachi” (“The Seven Beauties of the Gay Quarters”), and “Kasen koi no fu” (“Women in Love”).

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