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歌撰恋之部 夜毎に逢恋
A Young Woman Reading A Letter

Artist:
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753?–1806)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
1790s
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
14 1/2 x 10 1/8 in. (36.8 x 25.7 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1914
Accession Number:
JP147
Not on view
In this print, from a series portraying women in different phases of romance, Utamaro captures a young woman at the moment she stops to comtemplate a letter. She extends her hands from her robe to hold this letter from her lover that perhaps suggests their next meeting. She lifts her head, opens her mouth slightly, and looks into the distance. The large-head portrait format effectively captures her complex emotion, agony perhaps.
Signature: Utamaro fude
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