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Utamaro Kitagawa ( 1754 ~ 1806 )

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[...] “Utamaro depicts an interior and emotional, rather than exterior or gestural, perception of eros. Already in this “compendium of sexual fantasies and anxieties” which make up the Uta makura album, Utamaro elevates his discourse on eroticism to an expression of the turbulence of his time. His is a serene vision: in his amorous scenes, sex is not described as an enthusiastic conflict, but rather a shared relaxation, slow and complete, that originates in the imagination before reaching the senses.The contextual details of the embrace, like the expressions of the faces and the unfolding of the garments, have great importance in the shunga of Utamaro.  They contribute to the pathos of the scene in that the lines of the lovers’ bodies and the fluid folds of their garment – never violent and broken as in Kunisada, or fine and jagged as in Hokusai – slowly and elegantly reveal the intimate significance of the embrace.”[...] (Marco Fagioli – Erotic Art of Japan)

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Shunga – Utamaro – The Laughing Drinker – Private Moment – c.1803.

Kitagawa Utamaro  喜多川 歌麿  c.1803.

Shunga – Utamaro – The Laughing Drinker – Private Moment – c.1803.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Kitagawa Utamaro (1754–1806). Shunga (Erotic picture).
Date: c.1803. Size: 10 2/5” x 7 4/5” inches. Fine impression, color and near fine condition. 
Series:‘Ehon warai jogo (The Laughing Drinker)’. Minor marks and flaws only. Overall in a wonderful state !

“A superb Utamaro piece featuring a married couple having a private moment.”



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Shunga – Utamaro – The Laughing Drinker – Fresly Bathed – c.1803.

Kitagawa Utamaro  喜多川 歌麿  c.1803.

Shunga – Utamaro – The Laughing Drinker – Fresly Bathed – c.1803.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Kitagawa Utamaro (1754–1806). Shunga (Erotic picture).
Date: c.1803. Size: 10 1/5” x 7 4/5” inches. Fine impression, color and near fine condition. 
Series:‘Ehon warai jogo (The Laughing Drinker)’. Minor marks and flaws only. Overall in a wonderful state !

“A young male is making love to his freshly bathed mistress.”



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Shunga – Utamaro – Famous Peeking Scene – c.1800.

Shunga – Utamaro – Famous Peeking Scene – c.1800.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753–1806). Shunga (Erotic picture).
Date: c.1800. Size: 10 1/3” x 8 1/7” inches. Fine impression, very good color and condition.
Series:‘Ehon takara gura (Treasure Room of Love)’.
Minor wear and soiling, marks and flaws but overall in a very nice state !

“A male voyeur is watching a peeing lady who is sitting near a stream. He is peeking through a small hole in the fench while masturbating ferociously. A design that influenced artists like Kunisada and Kuniyoshi.”

Reference:   p.189 (Fig.36) in ‘Japanese Erotic Art: The Hidden World of Shunga’ by Ofer Shagan.


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Aiban Masterpiece – Utamaro – Attack On A Shameful Girl – c.1786.

Kitagawa Utamaro  喜多川 歌麿  c.1786.

Aiban Masterpiece – Utamaro – Attack On A Shameful Girl – c.1786.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock attributed to Kitagawa Utamaro (1754-1806). Shunga (Erotic print).
Date: c.1786.Aiban yoko-e size: 12 2/3” x 8 3/4” inches. Fine impression, very good color and near fine condition.
Full size. Very minor marks and flaws only. Very nice state overall.

“A young girl on an outing is waylaid by a robber. She hides her face in shame and in the background a man, perhaps her manservant, flees. The aiban format becomes fashionable around this time. Forrer (2004: 178) points out that the aiban format was virtually absent from Kiyonaga’s oeuvre, whereas it constituted the second most important format in the work of Utamaro. It is possible that the aiban in illustrations 32 to 34 are part of the same set, but this has yet to be confirmed (Chris Uhenbeck).”

In the past this design has been attributed to Katsukawa Shuncho (act. c.1780s-early 1800s). The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (the most important in the Netherlands) has another impression with the robber wearing a red jacket of this design in their collection.

Reference: p.120 (Fig.32) in ‘Japanese Erotic Fantasies by Chris Uhlenbeck.

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Kitagawa Utamaro  ( 1753 ~ 1806 )  –  Katsushika Hokusai  ( 1760 ~ 1849 ).

Kitagawa Utamaro c.1802. Katsushika Hokusai ( 1760-1849 ).

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Shunga - Utamaro - Rape - Tattooed Assailant - Ehon Hana Fubuki - c.1802.

Shunga - Utamaro - Rape - Tattooed Assailant - Ehon Hana Fubuki - c.1802.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806). Shunga (Erotic print). Date: 1802.
Hanshibon size: 11" x 9 1/3" inches. Series: 'Ehon hana fubuki (Picture-book of Flowers in Violent Bloom)'.
Author: Utamaro (text in illustrations) and Jippensha Ikku (1765-1831). 
Fine impression, color and very good condition. Minor soiling only. Very fresh colors for a print of this period.

A garden is the notorious setting of an unvoluntarily sex encounter with two men forcing themselves upon a frightened woman. Her man is restrained lying underneath them. One of the assailants sports a tattoo on his upper right arm of a skeleton playing a shamisen (three-stringed instrument). Hana fubuki was simultaneously published in polychrome and in black-and-white versions.

"...The use of color is truly remarkable, and the carving is outstanding in its precision and skill. Extraordinary skill was required, for example, to express the flowing beauty of precisely combed hair. Perhaps because by the time Utamaro created Hana fubuki, he had nearly 20 shunga books under his belt, the compositions offer no novelty. But in this splendid setting, Utamaro's men and women come alive and free in a luxurious paradise. (...) In prints, Utamaro's art may have peaked in 1796 and subsequently declined, as the conventional wisdom has it. During precisely those years, however, his shunga works attained a maturity and mellowness that has no rivals". (Yoshikazu Hayashi in Vol. 18 of 'The Complete Ukiyo-e Shunga' )

Translation of the text in the print:
"This is the only way for guys like us to get a good local girl.
One at a time, now, and worship this shrine your entering".

Reference:
Illus.44 on p.66/67 in 'The Complete Ukiyo-e Shunga (Vol.18)' by Richard Lane and Yoshikazu Hayashi.
p.284/285 (Fig.153) in the book Shunga, Japanese Erotic Art by Shirakura Yoshihiko

Among the best shunga work Utamaro created !



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Kitagawa Utamaro – Michiyuki Koi No Futusao – Laundry Room – c.1802.

Kitagawa Utamaro  喜多川 歌麿  c.1802.

Kitagawa Utamaro – Michiyuki Koi No Futusao – Laundry Room – c.1802.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Kitagawa Utamaro (1754–1806). Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1802.
Size: 10 2/3” x 8 2/5” inches.Fine impression, color and very good condition. Some staining, marks and flaws.
Series: ‘(Michiyuki) koi no futusao (On the Road: Love Songs for the Thick-necked Shamisen) ’.

“A couple is making love in the laundry room.”

“(Michiyuki) koi no futusao” is stylistically similar to Utamaro’s earlier (after 1801) oban series of the same subject entitled Manipulations of Love with Musical Accompaniment (Ongyoku koi no ayatsuri).
The subject of this, and the following work, is based on dramatized tales (yet based on true stories) of ´fated lovers´ who commit double ´love´ suicide. The stories evolved into a line of dramas for Bunraku and Kabuki theatre called shinju mono (double–suicide plays).

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Kitagawa Utamaro  喜多川 歌麿  c.1802.

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Kitagawa Utamaro  喜多川 歌麿  c.1803.

Kitagawa Utamaro. c.1803.

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Shunga  - Utamaro School  c.1800s.

 

 

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Kitagawa Utamaro  喜多川 歌麿 ( 1753-1806 ). 

Ehon takara gura ( Treasure Room of Love ).

Kitagawa Utamaro ( 1753-1806 ). Ehon takara gura ( Treasure Room of Love ).

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Utamaro Kitagawa   1750 ~ 1806

Utamaro Kitagawa - 1750-1806
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Oban Shunga - Utamaro - Under The Blanket - c.1800.

Oban Shunga - Utamaro - Under The Blanket - c.1800.
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Antique Japanese color woodblock by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: c.1800. Oban size (approx.): 15 1/5" x 10" inches. Very good impression, color and condition. 
Centerfold, thin backing (out of precaution), a couple of tiny thinning spots, very minor soiling, marks and flaws. 
Fresh colors for a print of this period with the fugitive blue still in tact and with nice use of gauffrage and 
metallic pigment details.Full size.

A woman is holding her lover while he is penetrating her from underneath a blanket.


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Oban Shunga - Utamaro - Kissing Couple - c.1800,

Oban Shunga - Utamaro - Kissing Couple - c.1800,
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Antique Japanese color woodblock by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: c.1800. Oban size (approx.): 14 3/4" x 10" inches. Very good impression, color and condition. 
Centerfold, thin backing (out of precaution), a couple of tiny thinning spots, very minor soiling, marks and flaws. 
Fresh colors for a print of this period with the fugitive blue still in tact and with nice use of gauffrage and 
metallic pigment details.Virtually full size.

A married couple are kissing each other while having intercourse. Behind the woman's back lays an opened shungabook which was used as inspiration to enhance their love-play.


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Oban Shunga - Utamaro - Tobacco Pipe - c.1800.

Oban Shunga - Utamaro - Tobacco Pipe - c.1800.
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Antique Japanese color woodblock by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: c.1800. Oban size (approx.): 15 1/5" x 10" inches. Very good impression, color and condition. 
Centerfold, thin backing (out of precaution), a couple of tiny thinning spots, very minor soiling, marks and flaws.
Fresh colors for a print of this period with the fugitive blue still in tact and with nice use of gauffrage and 
metallic pigment details.Full size.

A woman is disturbed by her man while she was reading a book and smoking a pipe.

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Kitagawa Utamaro ( 1753~1806 )

Kitagawa Utamaro ( 1753-1806 )

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Kitagawa Utamaro - c.1800. Mosquito Net. Small Infants - Breastfeeding.

Kitagawa Utamaro - c.1800 - Mosquito Net - Small Infants - Breastfeeding.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806). Shunga. Date: c.1800. 
Size: 8 3/4" x 10 2/3" inches. Fine impression, color and very good condition. 
Backing, very minor soiling, 3 very small professionally repaired wormholes (mainly in the border!). 
Very minor marks and flaws.

A lovely family scene depicted from behind a mosquito-net. 
The husband is penetrating his wife while she's breastfeeding their youngest child. 
The older boy is whining and has seperated himself from his parents. 
Look for the newborn's little hand pinching in his mother's chest ! 

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Rare Utamaro - Festival Mask Ehon Takara Gura - c.1805.

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Antique original Japanese color woodblock Kitagawa Utamaro (1750-1806). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date:  c.1805.
Series: 'Ehon takara gura'. Size: 10 1/2" x 8 1/6" inches. Fine impression, color and very good condition. Full size.
A very tiny hole (virtually untracable!) in the left panel. Very minor soiling, marks and flaws.  

Two passionate lovers making love under a green blanket which is attached to a giant festival mask. 
A comical detail is the observing look on the mask!

Literature:  Utamaro, Kitagawa: Schatzkammer der Liebe. Ehon takara gura. By Franz Winzinger.

A great shunga print from a famous and rare Utamaro series !



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Extremely Rare Utamaro Shunga Masterpiece. Homo-Erotic - c.1803.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock prints Utamaro (1753-1806). Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1803. 
Half-size oban yoko-e size (O-tanzakuban yoko-e) : 6 1/2" x 14" inches. Very good impression, color and condition. 
A slight vertical album fold, minor creases, marks and flaws otherwise a very well preserved print ! 
Full size, no repairs and wonderful use of gauffrage !

The young boy depicted here is a so called temple page ('chigo' or 'terakosho' ), they were available to monks, who were regarded without censure as among the most avid adherents to the so called ' Way of the youth'.

As often with male-male depictions in Japanese shunga, one of the depicted persons - taking the active role - is an older man ('nenjo' ).The receptive partner ('wakashu' ) was invariably a pre-pubescent or pubescent boy or a young man who has not yet shaved off his forelock, a sign in Japanese society that he had not yet come of age. Male-male relationships, within the samurai class and in monasteries between monks and their young acolytes, were a common phenomenon in Tokugawa Japan, as was prostitution among young kabuki actors of female roles.

The size of this very rare print is quite uncommon: a half-size horizontal oban design would have been carved on one half of a woodblock, with another design carved from the other. This design is most likely from a set of twelve prints issued late in Utamaro's life ! Look for the inro on the floor behind the young man's head !

Another design from this series is housed in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam !



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Very Rare Masterpiece Utamaro - 1805 - Shunga. Ninja - Hanshibon.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock Utamaro (1750-1806). Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1805. 
Hanshibon size: 10 1/2" x 8 1/5" inches. Fine impression (with metallic pigments), colors and condition. 
Very minor toning, virtually flawless state! From the book 'Ehon takara gura'. 
An armed ronin (ninja) shines his lantern on an intimate couple! Look for the funny detail of the two running mice !

A similar design is reproduced in 'Shunga, the Art of Love in Japan' by Tom and Mary Evans on p232 (Illustr. 6.70) !

An extremely rare masterpiece and one of Utamaro's best book print designs !



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Original Utamaro Shunga c.1795. In a Boat. Utamaro ( 1750~1806 )

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Original antique Japanese single color woodblock Utamaro (1750-1806). Very good condition, color and impression. 
Date: c.1795. Total size: 6 1/2" x 14" inches. Shunga (Erotic print) depiction of a intimate couple in a boat ! 
Embossing on the kimono of the man ! Margin trimming, centerfold (some separation and repair), a few small hole repairs, light wear and soiling, otherwise very good state ! Utamaro together with Harunobu are the great masters of Ukiyo-e in the portrayal of femininity and love ! 

A wonderful shunga design in a rare and unusual format ! 



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Unique Utamaro - c.1800 - Shunga  - Westerner With Courtisan.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock Utamaro (1753-1806). Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1800. 
Chubon size: 10 2/5" x 8 2/3" inches. Very good impression with metallic pigments, colors and near fine condition. 
Some very minor soiling, marks and flaws !  A westerner (probably a Portuguese or Frenchman!)
is having intercourse with a courtisan !  Look for the Baroquian detail on the man's genitals !

Ex-Ferry Bertholet collection !

A magnificent print of utmost rarity ( most probably the only one around ! ) by one of the greatest 
Ukiyo-e masters Utamaro !



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Very Rare Utamaro - Fated Lovers - Puppet Theatre - 1802.

 

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock Utamaro (1750-1806). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: 1802. 
Series:'Michiyuki koi no futozao' .(On the Road: Love Songs for the Thick-necked Shamisen). Size: 10 1/4" x  8 1/4" inches. 
Very good impression (with gauffrage), color and condition. Backing, some very small repairs, minor marks and flaws.

Utamaro's famous shunga ehon Michiyuki koi no futozao was inspired by theatrical dramas of the Japanese puppet theater, the 'Bunraku'. The subject is based on dramatized tales (yet based on true stories) of 'fated lovers' who commit double 'love' suicide. The stories evolved into a line of dramas for 'Bunraku' and Kabuki theatre called shinju mono (double-suicide plays) and by chronicles on famous lovers, such as Gompachi and Komurosaki.

Shunga designs by Utamaro are very rare and highly treasured !

 


 

 

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