Six Famous Beauties

“Six Famous Beauties” by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) was produced from 1794 to 1795, when Utamaro was at the prime of his career, and it is recognized as one of his greatest works. The famous beauties were women in Edo during the Kansei era who were known for their beauty. The six women selected for the series were Okita of Naniwaya, Tatsumi Roko, Takashimaya Ohisa, Hanaogi of Ogiya, Hinodeya Goke, and Tomimoto Toyohina, all famed beauties of Edo.

The picture in the upper right-hand corner of each piece is a sort of guessing game that shows the name of the beauty in pictures. Ukiyo-e artists of the Edo period had a keen sense of humor and loved to surprise people with such a game included in their works. Although Utamaro's works were more realistic than other ukiyo-e artists, the facial features of the six women portrayed in the series represent his ideal woman, not real women. But Utamaro vividly captures the beauty he saw in women with his expert skills.

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The Courtesan Hanaogi of Ogiya

Kitagawa Utamaro Six Famous Beauties

The Courtesan Hanaogi of Ogiya

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Hinodeya Goke

Kitagawa Utamaro Six Famous Beauties

Hinodeya Goke

13,000yen~ (Excluding Tax)

Takashimaya Ohisa

Kitagawa Utamaro Famous Six Beauties

Takashimaya Ohisa

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Tatsumi Roko

Kitagawa Utamaro Six Famous Beauties

Tatsumi Roko

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Tomimoto Toyohina

Kitagawa Utamaro Six Famous Beauties

Tomimoto Toyohina

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Okita of Naniwaya

Kitagawa Utamaro Six Famous Beauties

Okita of Naniwaya

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A set of "Six Famous Beauties"

Kitagawa Utamaro Six Famous Beauties

A set of "Six Famous Beauties"

75,000yen (Excluding Tax)