Woman and Child

Kitagawa Utamaro Japanese

Not on view

Utamaro composed this image with considerable skill and humor, creating a circuit of gazes and gestures. Mother and child are simultaneously involved in multiple activities. She arranges her hair before a mirror stand and nurses her baby, while he suckles, pinches her other nipple, and reaches for a toy offered by another woman.

Woman and Child, Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, ca. 1754–1806), Woodblock print; ink and color on paper, Japan

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