『北国五色墨』「おいらん」 “High-Ranking Courtesan” (Oiran), from the series Five Shades of Ink in the Northern Quarter (Hokkoku goshiki-zumi),
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, ca. 1754–1806)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Oban 14 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (37.5 x 24.8 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1922
Not on view
A high-ranking courtesan (oiran) from the Yoshiwara brothel district is captured by the artist in a private moment. Having just washed her hair, she wets the tip of the brush with her lips as she contemplates writing a letter. The black of her uncoiffed hair and the red accents on her lips, the brush, and the rim of her sleeve contrast with the solid yellow background.
Signature: Utamaro fude
Frank Lloyd Wright American, Richland Center, Wisconsin 1867–1959 Phoenix, Arizona , Richland Center, WI and Phoenix, AZ (before 1922; sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Frank Lloyd Wright at the Metropolitan Museum of Art," December 3, 1982–February 27, 1983.
Phoenix Art Museum. "Frank Lloyd Wright and Japanese Art," March 4, 1995–May 16, 1995.
Fort Worth. Kimbell Art Museum. "Women of the Pleasure Quarter," September 22, 1996–December 1, 1996.
New York. Japan Society Gallery. "The Architect's Other Passion: Frank Lloyd Wright and Japan," March 28, 2001–July 15, 2001.
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