Inventing Utamaro: A Japanese Masterpiece Rediscovered

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

For the first time in nearly 140 years, the three works by the legendary Japanese ukiyo-e master, Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) will be on display together at the Sackler Gallery. “Moon at Shinagawa”, “Cherry Blossoms at Yoshiwara”, and “Snow at Fukugawa”, were last seen together in 1879 in Paris, France. Each painting was sold off and their whereabouts were unknown. “Snow at Fukugawa” was recently rediscovered in 2014 by the Okada Museum of Art. “Cherry Blossoms at Yoshiwara” was rediscovered in Connecticut’s Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in the late 1950’s and “Moon at Shinagawa” was discovered in the Smithsonian founder’s permanent collection in 1903. The Sackler exhibition explores the carefully constructed persona of Utamaro and the many questions surrounding his work and subject matter. The three paintings portray a romanticized view of the lives and appearance of the Edo period with meticulous detail.

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