Bullfinch and horned owl By Kitagawa, Utamaro. Mimizuku uso Print shows a horned owl and two bulfinches perched on branches in a tree.
It is generally agreed that he started his career as a pupil of the painter Toriyama Sekien. His early known works are actor portraits and theater programs.Since 1791 Utamaro concentrated his work on single portraits of women. He took his models from the street or from the pleasure district Yoshiwara. The stories of his love affairs with the ladies of the "licensed quarters" are said to be abundant.