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The Fickle Type - 浮気之相
by Utamaro 1, Kitagawa (1753-1806) - 喜多川歌麿
|Artist:||Utamaro 1, Kitagawa (1753-1806) - 喜多川歌麿|
|Title:||The Fickle Type - 浮気之相|
|Series:||Ten Studies in Female Physiognomy (Fujin sogaku juttai) - 婦人相学十躰|
|Date:||1790s (this artwork: April 25, 1966)|
|Publisher:||Takamizawa - 高見沢|
|Medium:||Woodblock - 木版画|
|Format:||Large Oban - 大大判, 28 x 41cm (sheet size)|
|Condition:||Basically fine. Creasing to the mica background as applied by the printer (not damage). Takamizawa publisher seal on the verso.|
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|Notes:||Supervised by Takamizawa of the Takamizawa publishing house. Notice that, for this series of prints (see others on my website), Takamizawa used deluxe printing techniques such as deliberate creasing to the mica background to mimic the effects of ageing (the mica on original prints was quite delicate and cracked easily). Included with each woodblock print is a windowed folder for viewing your print.
This type of print shows a woman of the pleasure quarters. The Edo period red-light districts were officially sanctioned, however, they weren't the playground for just anyone. The popular top-class geishas of the day (known as 'oiran') were depicted in this type of print. In ukiyo-e woodblock prints, this close-up portrait view of the upper body is known as an okubi-e (bust portrait).
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