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.
Gives the frame its character and provides the perfect setting for an artwork to be fully enjoyed.
Protects the artwork from dust and wilting so that it can be admired for many years.
Adds depth to an image and works with the moulding to enhance and protect the artwork.
Bonds to the artwork ensuring it is perfectly smooth and holds the whole frame together.
The artwork is carefully mounted in preparation for framing.