Buncho (active 1765 - 1792) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Beauty with Monkey
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.
Fine Goyo Studio Reprints - At Fuji Arts we are excited to make this very special offer of reprints from the studio of 20th century master Hashiguchi Goyo. These prints are from a single set of reprints produced in 1920 right before Goyo’s death. Goyo’s fine reprints are considered to be the highest quality reprints produced in the 20th century.
Goyo is the undisputed master of the 20th century shin-hanga movement. A secondary part of his career was reprinting beautiful old ukiyo-e prints from the golden age of the print period. In 1920, much of Goyo’s artistic work was devoted to creating these incredible woodblock reprints. Each print was painstakingly copied from an original and stamped with the Goyo circular seal. Line by line, color by color, the prints were recreated in Goyo’s studio to perfectly emulate these masterworks of ukiyo-e. Goyo took pride in this work and the release of his reprints was met with great acclaim. Today, original Goyo reprints are highly sought after by collectors and extremely rare to find. An exceptional opportunity!
Beauty with Monkey - Interesting portrait of a beauty holding a shamisen as she stands inside a fenced garden or courtyard. A monkey dressed in a red tie-dyed kimono chatters up at her as it sit son the hem of her violet kimono. Nicely detailed.
Artist - Buncho (active 1765 - 1792)
Image Size - 11 5/8" x 5 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight thinning on reverse at left edge from original publisher mounting. Light toning, a few small spots. Please see photos for details. Good overall.