Women and Children

"Bijin-ga" is a term used in Japanese art to refer to prints or paintings that depict beautiful women. The term "bijin" translates to "beautiful person" or "beautiful woman," and "ga" means "picture" or "art." Bijin-ga emerged as a popular genre within ukiyo-e art during the Edo period in Japan (1603-1868).
Bijin-ga prints typically portrayed women from various social classes, including courtesans, geisha, and women from the merchant class. These prints often emphasized the beauty, grace, and elegance of the women, capturing their elaborate hairstyles, fashionable clothing, and delicate features. The women were often depicted engaged in everyday activities, such as playing musical instruments, writing letters, or enjoying leisurely pursuits.


Bijin-ga prints were not merely intended as realistic representations of women but also served as objects of desire and fantasy for the viewers. They were highly sought after by collectors and were considered a form of visual entertainment during the Edo period.

Artists like Kitagawa UTAMARO, Suzuki HARUNOBU, and Torii KIYONAGA were renowned for their bijin-ga prints and played a significant role in popularizing the genre. Their works showcased a delicate and refined style, often characterized by intricate details, vibrant colors, and a focus on the beauty and allure of the female subjects.

Bijin-ga prints continue to be appreciated and admired for their aesthetic appeal and cultural significance. They provide insights into the fashion, ideals of beauty, and social dynamics of the Edo period in Japan.