At the heart of this print, "Japanese Girl," lies a color woodblock print by a renowned master of the 19th century: "Washing Hair" by Kitagawa Utamaro, 1800-1805.
A woman with her upper body exposed leans over, combing her hair above a bathtub.
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806, Edo, Japan) was a Japanese printmaker and painter, considered one of the greatest artists of the ukiyo-e movement ("pictures of the floating world"), significantly influencing the characteristics of Japanese classical printmaking during its peak in the late 18th century.
His art focuses on depictions of women, conveyed in an exquisite and lyrical manner ("Ten Types of Women's Faces," "Ten Forms of Women's Faces").
Utamaro's refined and poetic creations played a crucial role in sparking European interest in Japanese printmaking at the end of the 19th century and influenced the works of French Impressionists.