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The Kitchen

Artist:
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, ca. 1754–1806)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
1795
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Right-hand sheet of a triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
15 x 10 in. (38.1 x 25.4 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
JP2732
Not on view
Utamaro expanded the scope of the bijin-ga, prints of beautiful women, by removing the traditional idealizing constraints of the genre and placing beautiful women in the context of ordinary life. Among the themes he explored in this broadening of his subject matter were the activities of the kitchen.
Signature: Utamaro hitsu
Howard Mansfield , New York (until 1936; sold to MMA)
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