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Nightly Love

Size: 41.0cm by 27.0cm (16.14 in by 10.63 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Kitagawa Utamaro

Era: Mid Showa | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 8,000$ 61.00£ 48.50€ 56.75 [Item has been sold]

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Description: This print is also known as "Love that Meets Each Night (Yogoto ni au koi)", and is from the series "Anthology of Poems: The Love Section" (Kasen koi no bu)" by Utamaro. It shows the head and shoulders of a girl with parted lips, holding a letter to her breast.

"In his series Anthology of Poems: The Love Section (Kasen koi no bu), Utamaro represented individual women as though consumed by their emotions... these pictures are constructed to suggest Utamaro’s direct study of individuals. With the upper torso and face occupying the central section of the image, this compositional type became known in time as ‘large-head pictures’, or o-kubi-e. However, like his ‘physiognomic’ pictures, these are not in fact observed portraits but are designed to represent conceptual typologies – the states of love – as exemplified by a woman of a recognizable social status" (quoted from the British Museum website).

This particular print is a post-war reproduction by Yamada Shoin.

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