Two Beauties on a Pier


Artist By Kitagawa Utamaro
Period Edo period, 18th century
Materials and techniques Hanging scroll, colour on silk
Size 96.5×37.3


With his extremely popular printings of the close-up portraits of beautiful women during the Kansei era (1789 - 1800), Utamaro established his original style of beauties. He also left quite a few outstanding paintings of beauties. This one, probably completed around 1798, depicts a geisha from Fukagawa district and her attendant waiting at a pier. The women’s postures, garment patterns and the background scenery express the mature expertise he had attained.

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