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Dressing a Boy on the Occasion of His First Letting His Hair Grow

Kitagawa Utamaro

Asian Art

Among the most popular Japanese prints in the West were the late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century ukiyo-e (literally "pictures of the floating world"), which depicted urban leisure pursuits, everyday life, and famous landscapes. Such prints presented Western artists with radically new approaches to figuration and compositional design in their flattening of three-dimensional forms, expressive stylization of the human body, and emphasis on decorative lines and patterns.

MEDIUM Woodblock color print
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES ca. 1795
    PERIOD Edo period
    DIMENSIONS 15 1/2 x 10 5/8 in. (39.3 x 27 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Publisher's seal: Murataya, Jirobei
    SIGNATURE Utamaro fude
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753-1806). Dressing a Boy on the Occasion of His First Letting His Hair Grow, ca. 1795. Woodblock color print, 15 1/2 x 10 5/8 in. (39.3 x 27 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 16.522
    IMAGE overall, 16.522_IMLS_SL2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION From the series "Shichigosan kodakara awase," the Japanese title of this image is "Hakama-e-no-zu" or "His First Pantaloons."
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