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Artist: Utamaro (1754 - 1806)
Title: Distracted by a Cat
Medium: Woodblock Print
Date:c. 1802
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Size:7.5" x 10.5"
Signature:Unsigned
Condition:Very good color, impression and state
Notes: Most shunga were not signed therefore the name of the artist is attributed.

For Your Interest

Kitagawa, Utamaro (1753 – 1806) is and was seen as one of the masters of wood block printing. He was initially taught by the scholar and artist Toriyama Sekien until his death in 1788. Utamaro is especially well known for his prints of women whose moods and personalities he was able to subtlety capture in his work. He was a prolific artist who also produced illustrated book and a number of paintings; it is estimated that in his life time he produced over two thousand works. In 1804, Utamaro ran into legal trouble with the Tokugawa Shogunate for producing prints that were related to a historical novel that had been banned. He was sentenced and imprisoned for a short time; some believe that this broke Utamaro’s spirit and ended his artistic genius. Utamaro died in Edo two years later in 1806 at the age of fifty three. A prolific artist, he influenced many of the Impressionists in Europe.