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It would be hard to think of an artist more intent on the opposite sex. Or one who left more images of women working, waiting, arranging their faces, combing their hair, readying themselves for the day's performance or the night's trade or simply thinking, feeling, watching.
Perhaps the only contender is Degas, who learned from the Japanese master, prizing and collecting his prints. Utamaro was probably born inpossibly in Edo now Tokyomay have been married, may have lived in one of Edo's licensed brothels, but certainly died in His fame reached the west some decades later when writers such as Baudelaire and Edmond de Goncourt began to buy his woodcuts, followed avidly by Manet, Monet and Toulouse-Lautrec.
He is the artist of the floating world, "ukiyo-e", and if that has brought him some boilerplate criticism in recent years for failing to represent the misery of ukiyo-e courtesans — never alluding to poverty, oppression or venereal disease — then perhaps this show will shift the focus.
Not only does it include images of lonely nights, brutal clients and even an attempted rape, it has been selected by Timothy Clark, peerless Japanese section curator at the British Museum, and the artist Julian Opie, the cool elegance of whose drawings owes a good deal to Utamaro, to emphasise the exceptional subtlety of Utamaro's images of women.
A geisha holds up a letter, coral sleeves falling back to expose pale forearms. The scroll opens sideways; her body tilts backwards; the ribboning pattern on her dress runs in an opposing direction. Her lips form a tiny triangle, as if murmuring aloud.
The drama of the unseen words is all there, written in the smallest of angles. Another girl holds the edge of her kimono between her teeth, as if stepping across a river. But the descending line of cloth leads to the very bottom of the image where you discover something else.
She is delicately, suggestively, fingering the fabric; a secret gesture aptly hidden in less than an inch. Utamaro's exquisite lines sweep and undulate across the page, so that shape and flow are almost always what one sees first before the eye is drawn in close. Delicate fingers gather swaths of cloth about a female form, leaving a crucial millimetre of print and body naked.
Women are seen through paper screens or gauze or fine-gauge netting, even through diaphanous, polka-dot chiffon. Mists and veils are created with finely ground mica and Utamaro uses the subtlest of half-tones.
His colours run through black and white to all shades of grey, plum, umber and softest ochre, as if everything was taking place in a fading dream. Each print plays upon different kinds of image: It is an art of obscuring and revealing, precisely exemplified in Model Young Women Woven in the Mist, where one girl appears spectral behind a screen and the other is in plain view, both transfixed by something unseen and neither less mysterious.
Perhaps they are prostitutes, perhaps not. Unlike Toulouse-Lautrec, for example, Utamaro's prostitutes are presented with just as much dignity as his aristocrats. There is a particularly beautiful image of a streetwalker in a black kimono, the straw mat under her arm indicating her end of the market, waiting it out in the gloom, solitary and even tragic.
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