Manchurian Great Tit and Robin - Myriad Birds -

Manchurian Great Tit and Robin - Myriad Birds -

Kitagawa Utamaro (1753?-1806) became a popular artist after he was discovered the publisher Tsutaya Juzaburo (aka "Tsutaju"). He is known as the originator of okubi-e (portraits showing only the head or the head and upper torso) of beautiful women. But the first work he took on for Tsutaju was not bijinga (pictures of beautiful women) but illustrations for kyoka-bon (books of humorous poems). Around 1789, Tsutaju published three kyoka-bon, "Picture Book of Crawling Creatures (Ehon Mushi Erami)," "Gifts from the Ebb Tide (Shioi no Tsuto)" and "Myriad Birds (Momo Chidori)" and commissioned Utamaro to draw the illustrations. These were the works that made Utamaro famous as a brilliant artist. For "Myriad Birds," Utamaro drew various birds to match the poems included in the book. Although the illustrations are realistic representations of the subjects, they are also polished and refined. Intricate techniques are employed in all aspects of his work, such as the precise carving to convey the details of the birds, karazuri to give a three-dimensional effect to the bird feathers, and delicate shading. It is considered a masterpiece that manifests the true talents of Utamaro.

Utamaro stayed with the great publisher Tsutaya Juzaburo and made illustrations for kibyoshi and sharebon books. Influenced by Kitao Shigemasa and Torii Kiyonaga, he began to draw full-length portraits in the Tenmei era (1781-89). Later on, during 1790-91, Utamaro established his own style depicting three-quarter portraits of the beauties. His work became very popular because of his vivid new way of reproducing beauties, and his reputation as a master artist was established.

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Frame & Mat

A: Print only

The print is placed on the paper mat. The internal window of the top of the mat is cut for the image size.

<For Yourself> <For Gifts>
Print for yourself Print for gift

 

B: Framed print

<Ukiyo-e Reproduction> The print is framed with the Adachi original ukiyo-e frame (400 × 555 mm).
<Contemporary Ukiyo-e> The print is framed.

   

 

C: Print + matboard

This is a set of a print and a matching matboard. The internal window of a matboard is cut for the image size. The external dimension is fixed for the Adachi original ukiyo-e frame.

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Size/WeightPrint Size: 37.0 × 22.5 cm
MaterialPaper: Echizen Kizuki Hosho Washi made by Living National Treasure, Ichibei Iwano
FeatureType of print: Woodcut Print
NotesThis product includes:
・An explanation of the work in Japanese
・A leaflet to introduce the production process of ukiyo-e print
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