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Messenger with a Letter, from the series "Elegant Five-needled Pine, c. 1797-98 (colour woodblock print;oban)

Messenger with a Letter, from the series 'Elegant Five-needled Pine, c. 1797-98 (colour woodblock print;oban)


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Messenger with a Letter, from the series "Elegant Five-needled Pine, c. 1797-98 (colour woodblock print;oban)

5860842 Messenger with a Letter, from the series " Elegant Five-needled Pine, c.1797-98 (colour woodblock print; oban) by Utamaro, Kitagawa (1753-1806); 38.7x25.9 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA; (add.info.: Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806))

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2 People 2 Persons Announcement Announcements Calligraphed Calligraphic Calligraphy Edo Period Edo Period 1603 1868 Japanese Print Japanese Prints Kimono Mail Message Messages Messenger Messengers Post Postage Secret Tokugawa Period Two Persons Utamaro 1753 1806 Utamaro Kitagawa Traditional Costume


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This woodblock print, titled "Messenger with a Letter" is part of the series "Elegant Five-needled Pine" created by the renowned Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro in 1797-98. The artwork, measuring 38.7x25.9 cm, is housed at The Art Institute of Chicago. The print depicts two individuals engaged in an intriguing moment of communication. A woman dressed in an exquisite kimono delicately holds a letter while gazing intently at its contents. Her expression suggests anticipation and curiosity as she unravels the secrets concealed within the written words. The messenger stands beside her, his presence adding to the air of mystery surrounding this exchange. Clad in traditional attire from Japan's Edo period, he embodies a sense of duty and responsibility as he delivers this important missive. Utamaro's masterful use of color brings vibrancy to every detail captured on paper. From the intricate calligraphy adorning the letter to the rich hues that adorn their garments, each element contributes to a visually stunning composition. Through this artwork, Utamaro invites us into a world where messages are conveyed through handwritten letters and messengers play vital roles in facilitating communication between individuals separated by distance or societal constraints. With its timeless beauty and cultural significance, "Messenger with a Letter" serves as both an artistic masterpiece and a window into Japan's rich history during the 18th century Edo period.

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