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Much of Kitawaga Utamaros life remains unknown, despite the popularity of his work during his lifetime and its continued appeal. Working through the latter half of the 18th century his work is considered one of the finest examples of ukiyo-e - a style of Japanese art produced using woodblock prints. His focus was overwhelmingly women, showing how across society they experienced everyday life. This feature of his work, along with his treatment of light, was absorbed into Impressionism and has enjoyed a long lasting influence.