Two Women

Two Women is a piece by Kitagawa Utamaro depicting two Geishas socializing. A Geisha is a woman who performs traditional Japanese art forms for wealthy clientele and still exists today. These specific Geishas are being shown in a very candid way, just talking with each other. This is unusual for most Woodblocks of Geishas as they are seen as a high standing part of Japanese society and usually are posed in a way to make them seem ethereal like in the piece “Dancer as Sagi Musume” by Taniguchi Kokyo.

Artist: Kitagawa Utamaro

Date Created: 1790s-1800s

Location: Japan

Medium: Woodblock print; ink and color on paper

Historical Period: Edo Era


Author: Charlotte Becker

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