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KITAGAWA UTAMARO 
1754-1806


Japanese Painter Woodblock Printmaker

 Education -  apprenticed to Toriyama Sekien

The art of Japan, in particular the ukiyo-e print, was a revelation to some of the French Impressionistic artists. One of the most well-known forms of ukiyo-e "pictures of the floating world"  were the woodblock print.  A stylized, narrative Japanese art form that emphasized flowing outlines, simplified forms, and a strong sense of design. This distinctive style of art flourished in Japan from the mid-seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth century. Many of these artists were masters of composition, of color and of form.  Japanese woodblock prints strongly influenced European and American artists of the nineteenth century. Artists stylistically influenced by Ukiyo-e Prints include- Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin Van Gogh, Claude Monet,Pierre-August Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Georges Seurat.

 Vincent van Gogh and many other artists began  began collecting Japanese prints in the early 1880s.  

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