Bijn-ga - Kaito Japan Design


During the Edo period in Japan, ukiyo-e prints and paintings were popular art forms often depicting beautiful women, known as bijin, and beauty and the style of life of courtesans and geishas of pleasure quarters in cities like Edo and Kyoto. .



One of the most famous ukiyo-e artists of Edo was Kitagawa Utamaro, who specialized in depicting beautiful women in his works.

His paintings often featured graceful delicate women with elongated features, including long necks and slender bodies.

His works were highly sought after by collectors and helped to establish the ideal of beauty for women during this time period.


Other notable artists who depicted women in their paintings during the period include Katsushika Hokusai, known for his iconic print "The Wave of Kanagawa", and Sharaku, renowned for his portraits of geishas and courtesans.


Another artist known for his bijin-ga: Keisai Eisen.

Eisen was an ukiyo-e artist specializing in bijin-ga, images of beautiful women.

Eisen's bijin paintings were noted for their attention to detail and depicted the delicate and refined features of women.

He often depicts his subjects engaged in activities such as making tea or playing music, and his works are highly sought after by collectors.


In addition to ukiyo-e woodblock prints, beauties were also depicted in other forms of Japanese painting in the Edo period, such as screens, scrolls, albums.

These paintings often depicted women in elegant poses, often wearing beautiful kimonos and hairstyles.

These paintings were highly prized and were often given as gifts or used to decorate the homes of the wealthy.


Overall, the portrayal of beautiful women in Japanese at during the Edo period played an important role in shaping the ideal of beauty women at during this period, and these continue to be highly prized and admired today.


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