Utamaro (1750 - 1806) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Women in the Kitchen
Adachi Limited Edition Beauties - In 1967, the venerable Adachi Publisher of Tokyo released a limited edition series of 25 classic ukiyo-e beauty subjects. These beautiful reprints feature masterworks by Utamaro, Kiyonaga, Eisho, and others, including some subjects seldom seen in reprint. Printed with fine line work and attractive color, some designs feature deluxe treatments such as embossing or shimmering mica. Limited to 500 sets, each print is numbered on the reverse with a special Adachi publisher's seal. A wonderful opportunity to collect a lovely bijin reprint from a great limited edition release.
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.
Comments - Charming domestic scene of women working in the kitchen, the seated beauty at left peeling a fruit with a large knife. The woman standing behind her wipes a lacquer bowl with a cloth, a young child hanging over her shoulders. A teakettle sits atop a stove and a large pail of water rests on a shelf at lower right. At upper right, a beauty right reaches through a cloud of smoke to retrieve a teakettle from atop the fire while her companion blows on the coals through a bamboo pole. A nicely detailed look at daily life in the Edo era.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 15 1/8" x 29 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Two separate panels. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.