Three Beauties of the Present Day is a nishiki-e colour woodblock print
of c. 1792–93 by Japanese ukiyo-e artist Kitagawa Utamaro
(c. 1753–1806). The triangular composition depicts the busts of
three celebrity beauties of the time: geisha Tomimoto Toyohina (middle),
and teahouse waitresses Takashima Hisa (left) and Naniwa Kita (right),
each adorned with an identifying family crest. Subtle differences can be
detected in the faces of the subjects—a level of individualized
realism at the time unusual in ukiyo-e, and a contrast with the
stereotyped beauties in earlier masters such as Harunobu and Kiyonaga.
The triangular positioning became a vogue in the 1790s. Utamaro produced
several other pictures with this arrangement of the same three beauties,
and each appeared in numerous other portraits by Utamaro and other
artists. Utamaro was the leading ukiyo-e artist in the 1790s in the
bijin-ga genre of pictures of female beauties, and was known in
particular for his ōkubi-e, which focus on the heads. The luxurious
print was published by Tsutaya Jūzaburō and made with multiple
woodblocks—one for each colour—and the background was dusted with
muscovite to produce a glimmering effect.
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