Eisui (active circa 1790 - 1823) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
The Courtesan Yosooi of the Matsubaya
Adachi Publisher - This beautiful reprint is from the famous Tokyo publisher Adachi, one of the most respected publishers of the 20th century. Adachi woodblocks were printed to the highest standards of quality with excellent color and fine detail. The Adachi woodblock printers were known to be the best in the business. Founded in 1925, Adachi also chose interesting and varied subjects for their prints and was the only publisher of many famous old ukiyo-e images. This print is sealed with the Adachi seal in ink.
- 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 - Lovely Eisui design of the young courtesan Yosooi of the Matsubaya playing a small hand drum. She holds the instrument with one hand as she taps out a rhythm with her slender fingers. An attractive okubi-e or large head portrait, detailed with embossing in the blossoms on the kimono and the white stripes on the cords of the drum.
Artist - Eisui (active circa 1790 - 1823)
Image Size - 15 1/8" x 10" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning. Please see photos for details. Good overall.