Buncho (active 1765 - 1792) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Chozan of the Chojiya
From an untitled series known as Folded Love Letters
- 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.
Chozan of the Chojiya - Handsome portrait of the courtesan Chozan of the Chojiya and an attendant strolling through the snow. A servant holds an umbrella over her head as snow falls heavily through the wintry gray sky. Although untitled, this series is known as "Folded Love Letters" for the cartouche in that shape at upper left. Detailed with white mica on the cloud at top. The first time we've offered this subject in reprint.
Artist - Buncho (active 1765 - 1792)
Image Size - 11" x 5 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Light toning. Please see photos for details. Good overall.