Beauties in Ukiyo-e: From Harunobu to Utamaro and Further to Kiyokata
[Image: Utamaro Kitagawa]
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This exhibition introduces talented painters who showed their individuality in the eighteenth century and “bijinga,” which continue to enchant the people to this day. While the literal translation of “bijinga” is “pictures of beauties,” the figures portrayed range from town girls to courtesans, geisha, young men referred to as wakashu, mother and child, couples, etc. Although bijinga are portraits, there is no clear distinction of sex or standpoint. Besides depicting ideal figures, bijinga artists tried hard to portray the changing fashion or motifs representing the season or weather in their pictures. In some cases, a bijinga could depict invisible emotions and feelings by overlapping a story or a poem or treating the subject of the relationship among a family or lovers. Beauties in ukiyo-e visually represented various aspects of Edo with a charm that captivated the people.