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Ukiyo-eEdo 1615-1868-“living only for the moment”-Pictures of the floating worldsWoodblock Prints:Yoshiwara (Courtesan)Simple translation=prostituteWere cultivated women who were talented in poetry, artWorked in Yoshiwara where courtesans were establishedParody picturesPictures that were very amusing by the way they were presented toKabuki (Actors)Kabuki actors were celebritiesWoodblock prints were collected by fansLandscapesThese journeys were commemorated by woodblock printsWarriorsIn an era of peace, warriors were depicted heroically in woodblock printWhat is a mitate-e?Subgenre of of ukiyo-e dealing with Parody picturesPictures that were very amusing by the way they were presented to
The Flirt (Oban woodblock print), Kitagawa UtamaroYoung woman who has just emerged from the bath with her cotton garment onlypartially covering her body, personifies flirtatiousnessFeminine ideals included fuller body, boldess hair, dramatic clothing with overteroticismTo enhance the illusion of height, these artists featured beauties dressed ingarments with vertical stripes or with designs concentrated around the lowerhem.Utamaro’s half-length physiognomical studies brought new expressiveness to therepresentation of women. Kaigetsudo Dohan, Beauty Reading a Poem, 1714, monochrome woodblock printMannered pose of this robust beauty was used in many paintings and prints by members Monumental backgroundDifferent in hairstyle, kimono covered with clouds, bridges, bambooUndergarment shows at legs
No landscape, monochrome Emphasizes extravagant garment and seductive poses Harunobu, The Feather Robe, Sunset,Ryogoku Bridge, 1760sA different block for every imageand color is usedHarunoburesponsibleforreinvention of the bodyFigure is much thinner andcurves in a elegant,appealing wayEnhanced the illusion ofheight by dressing womenin garments with verticalstripesordesignsconcentrated in lower hemHe also made pictures muchmore complex, with a landscapein the backgroundParody picture of famous artworkSuzuki Harunobu, Clearing Weatherat Asakusa (1764-1770), chubanwoodblock printA different block for every imageand color is usedSamurai wearing hood not to beseen with this lowly girl that helikedGenderdistinctionsareambiguous The sex of Ofuji’s samuraiadmirer would be uncertain. Thiscould be intentional for Harunobusince male prostitution waswidespread and male prostitutesoftenadoptedfemininemannerisms and dress. What are Harunobu’s prints known for?Erotic parodies with polychromeGenderdistinctionsareambiguous Mitate (parody) gives the resultsof the work multiple layers ofmeaning.

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