Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Courtesan under the Mosquito Netting
- 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 - Attractive scene of a courtesan under the mosquito netting, a roll of tissues caught between her teeth, a slender pipe in one hand, and a fan in the other. She smiles as she looks over her shoulder, lifting the netting over her shoulders. At right, the back of the room is decorated with a grove of bamboo in black and white. The first time we've offered this lovely Edo era design.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 1/2" x 9 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Toning, slight soiling at edges, small crease at corner. Please see photos for details. Good overall.