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Mother, child, and nurse, c. 1790 (nishiki-e (multi-block) woodblock print)

Mother, child, and nurse, c. 1790 (nishiki-e (multi-block) woodblock print)


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Mother, child, and nurse, c. 1790 (nishiki-e (multi-block) woodblock print)

7394118 Mother, child, and nurse, c.1790 (nishiki-e (multi-block) woodblock print) by Utamaro, Kitagawa (1753-1806); 55.5x40.5 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK; (add.info.: Associated person(s): Utamaro Kitagawa (c. 1753 - 1806)
Ki (1804 - 1810)
Display: nishiki-e (multi-block) woodblock print, printed with water-based vegetable pigments, Material: paper, Technique: colour woodcut
Dimensions: h x w: mount 55.5 x 40.5 cm
Associated place(s): place of creation: Asia, Japan, Honshu, Kanto, Tokyo prefecture, Tokyo, The place of creation is based on biographical information of the artist.); © Ashmolean Museum

Media ID 32103250

© Ashmolean Museum / Bridgeman Images

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This photo print, titled "Mother, child, and nurse, " captures a tender moment between three individuals in 18th century Japan. Created by the renowned artist Utamaro Kitagawa, this nishiki-e (multi-block) woodblock print showcases his exceptional talent and attention to detail. The composition centers around a mother cradling her newborn baby while being assisted by a nurse. The bond between mother and child is beautifully depicted through their serene expressions and gentle touch. The delicate colors used in this artwork further enhance the sense of tranquility and warmth. Utamaro's mastery of the woodblock printing technique is evident in every stroke. This traditional method involves carving multiple blocks for each color layer, resulting in richly layered images with remarkable depth. The use of water-based vegetable pigments adds vibrancy to the overall piece. Displayed at the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford, this artwork offers us a glimpse into Japanese culture during that era. It reflects both the beauty of family relationships and societal roles within Japanese households. As we admire this exquisite work of art, we are reminded of the universal themes it portrays - love, care, and nurturing bonds that transcend time and place. Utamaro's skillful execution brings these emotions to life on paper, making it an enduring masterpiece that continues to captivate viewers today.

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