Utamaro -- "The Kiss"

(Click HERE for additional image)
Artist Utamaro (KITAGAWA) (1753-1806)
Title "The Kiss" (given name)
Date 1803
Series Three album set titled "History of Love - Long Bamboo of Love" ("Koi no Hutosao")
Publisher Privately printed.
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 6 7/8 x 9 7/8 diptych (two 6 7/8 x 4 7/8 sheets joined)
Impression Very Good. Nicely visible "woodgrain" to brown kimono; crisp "key-lines," highly detailed carving.
Condition Very Good. Excellent colors. Margins trimmed; very minor soiling.
Reference/Illus "Shunga - The Erotic Art of Japan" (Fagioli), pg 98, pl#83.
Comments Original "shunga" prints by Utamaro are both highly desirable and difficult to locate.
Item # CG-779
Price $595 (Sold--RS)