Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
14 1/2 x 10 1/8 in. (36.8 x 25.7 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1914
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
Tokyo. Japan Ukiyo-e Society. "Foreign Countries Preserving Ukiyo-e Masterpieces," January 4, 1972–February 22, 1972.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Japanese Prints of the Classical Period," June 6, 1972–July 2, 1972.
Nagoya City Museum. "Ukiyo-e from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 14, 1995–May 28, 1995.
London. British Museum. "The Works of Kitagawa Utamero, 1754–1806," August 31, 1995–October 22, 1995.
Chiba City Museum of Art. "The Works of Kitagawa Utamero, 1754–1806," November 3, 1995–December 10, 1995.
Artist: Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, ca. 1754–1806)Date: probably 1789Medium: Woodblock printed book (orihon, accordion-style); ink, color, mica, and gold-leaf on paperAccession: 2013.897On view in:Not on view