Utamaro Kitagawa

The History of Utamaro Kitagawa’s Woodblock Prints

March 29, 2017 | Art, Cherry Blossom

When the cherry trees bloom, people in Japan seize the opportunity to gather together under the blossoms to enjoy the view, and a glass or two!

Flower viewing parties, or hanami, is a Japanese celebration that dates back at least a thousand years. This scroll from renowned woodblock artist Kitagawa Utamaro shows that the tradition was going strong in 1793 when he portrayed these courtly ladies enjoying the flowers, the music and the company.

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