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Seven Elegant Versions of the Poetess Ono no Komachi: The Color of a flower
Contrasting with her vivid red cherry-pattern undergarment are the red maple leaves and wilted leaves on the kimono. This implies that inside, she is still young and beautiful, but her appearance is getting older and she is moving towards the fall of her life. Through lazy days of smoking cigarettes and reading, this beautiful woman is aging faster day by day. This piece was done during Utamaro’s last period of illustrating beautiful women: the facial lines became slightly thinner and the emotion is weaker. It was completed in around 1805 (Bunka 2).