Mother with Child after Utamaro’s Hour of the Rat
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It is said that images of a woman with a child in Japanese arts come from images of Mary and baby Jesus, but I have hard time believing in it, especially when it comes to Ukiyo-e. In Ukiyo-e we observe moments of everyday life, mostly in Yoshiwara, and this is such a view. In original view, print is in portrait form, showing mother/mistress/courtesan coming out of mosquito net, trying to get a baby to pee.
On MFA website, the administrators posted this print in horizontal form, by mistake, and I guess this was because he interpreted the view as a mother playing with her child. With a few small changes to original design I tried to recreate that vision.
acrylic on canvas
Size: 120 x 177 cm (47.24 x 69.68 inch)
Year: October 2011
Availability: In Private Collection