“Anthology of Poems: The Love Section”(歌撰恋之部, Kasen koino-bu)
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753?-1806) who had become one of the most notable artists in the ukiyo-e world of beautiful women portrait by acquiring a new painting method, published “Anthology of Poems: The Love Section” around 1793.
The title was intended to follow the collections of tanka compiled during the Japanese dynasty era. These collection contain the poems based on themes nature, love affair, and view of life. So, Utamaro’s five woodblock printings are the division of romance among them. Tsutaya Juzaburo who was also the advisor of Utamaro went for publication.
Utamaro drew the women in the different love situations and expressed them with just a picture.
Before to see the English titles and description, please guess them.
夜毎ニ逢恋(Yogotoni au koi)
物思恋(Mono omou koi)
稀二逢恋(Mareni au koi)
深く忍恋(Fukaku shinobu koi)