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THE PERIOD OF UTAMARO

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  • Rain shower, in the middle a pair of lovers under an umbrella.
  • Cleaning of a "Green House."

Of three sheets:—

  • The dance of a geisha in a nobleman's palace (according to Fenollosa, No. 316, who places it at about 1792, his most beautiful composition).
  • Taigo Hideyoshi, the conqueror of Korea, with his five wives; an allusion to the ruling Shogun Iyenari, on account of which Utamaro was thrown into prison.
  • A fashionable wedding, in front of the bride three saké-cups.
  • Saké, seven kinds of drunkenness depicted by women.
  • New Year's day, a woman holding out to other women a skein of thread.
  • Daikoku, god of wealth, painting his own likeness, surrounded by women.
  • The various processes of wood-engraving.
  • Three groups under cherry trees (cited by Fenollosa, No. 344, as characteristic of his latest period).
  • Women on a journey, three of them under a mosquito net.
  • Gathering kaki (persimmons), very rich and life-like, drawn broadly.
  • A prince with basket of shell-fish among salt-carriers.
  • The Riogoku Bridge over the Sumida River, with nine women on it.
  • Night festival on the Sumida, women and children on the banks are seen against the dark water.
  • Women chasing fireflies.
  • Snow, moon, and flower, represented by women.
  • Women representing the Seven Gods of Fortune, in a boat of which the prow has the shape of a dragon.
  • Similar representation, the prow of the boat in the figure of the bird Howo: 1805.
  • Children dressed up as the Seven Gods of Fortune on a boat-shaped car drawn by women.
  • Spring occupations, in allusion to the Seven Gods of Fortune.
  • The pilgrimage to Ise, women wading through the water on the seashore facing the double cliff Meotoiwa.
  • The cranes of the Shogun Yoritomo (1190).
  • The awabi (shell-fish) girls (diving girls); a print for which 1050 francs was paid at the Burty sale, 1871, and 1300 francs at the Goncourt sale, 1897. In the centre is a woman nursing a child;