Two Women Writing

Similarly to the piece “Two Women” by Kitagawa Utamaro, these two Geishas show a very candid picture of what day to day life was like for young Geishas in Japan. These women however show a rich color in their robes and belts, giving the the overall print a very vivid and lively atmosphere. The woman in the back is leaning into the table giving the impression she is talking to the other woman, possibly gossiping about daily events in the upper class of Japan. The women could be writing poems or love notes to a partner, although the exact information is unknown.

Artist: Kikukawa Eizan

Date Created: 1850s

Location: Japan

Medium: Woodblock print; ink and color on paper

Historical Period: Edo Era


Author: Charlotte Becker

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