Autumn Maple Tree Viewing with Palanquin “Shiki No Hana” : “Flowers of the Four Seasons” Kitagawa Utamaro, 1801 (1916)


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The theme of is Shiki No Hana, published in 1801 is a traditional one – the serene pleasures of the four seasons, but it is distinguished by its affecting preoccupation with hidden scenes of female sensuality and domesticity with children and the palette is sharply restrained, chiefly a range of yellows.

Many of the prints feature courtesans in intimate poses not usually seen in public, while others show private scenes and excursions.

The authentic hand-made woodblock print for sale on this page was published in 1916 by Fuzoku Emaki Zuga Kankokai and Yoshikawa Kobunkan – the oldest Japanese publisher still in existence, founded in 1857 – using recut wood blocks by master cutter Otsuka Yuji.

Utamaro’s Shiki No Hana series is held by the British Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Princeton and UCLA.

About the Author

Although little is known of the background of Kitagawa Utamaro, he is generally regarded as one of the six greatest ukiyo-e artists of all time.

His work captured subtle aspects of personality and transient moods of women of all classes, ages, and circumstances and influenced the development of European art in the nineteenth century.

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Dimensions 434 x 362 mm

"Shiki No Hana" : "Flowers of the Four Seasons"


Kitagawa Utamaro, 1753-1806


Fuzoku Emaki Zuga Kankokai and Yoshikawa Kobunkani, Tokyo, 1916


Pale cream, conservation grade