A bathing woman and a maid in a bath house


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    Utagawa Toyokuni specialized in portraits of kabuki actors. After about 1790 he produced bijinga for the publisher Izumiya Ichibei and later created his own style while also incorporating the styles of Kiyonaga and Utamaro.

    The triptych shows a woman taking a bath while a maid washes her back. This type of bath could only accommodate one person and so long baths were not permitted.

    Interestingly, these are depicted with shadows to give them a three dimensional look, which for prints is uncommon.

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