Sharaku (active 1794 - 1795) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
- In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Comments - Terrific full-length actor portrait of a samurai looking over his shoulder with a distraught expression. He holds a fan in one hand, his other hand resting on the hilt of his sword. His blue outer robe features a paulownia blossom design, worn over a red kimono bordered with a white floral motif. A handsome image with attractive color.
Artist - Sharaku (active 1794 - 1795)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 6 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Good overall.