Utamaro (1750 - 1806) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
On Top and Beneath Ryogoku Bridge
Hashiguchi Goyo Reprints - Hashiguchi Goyo is one of the most famous and admired artists of 20th century Japanese woodblocks. Often called the "Taisho Utamaro," Goyo published this masterful set of reprints as an homage to his Edo era predecessor. Released in 1920, shortly before Goyo's death, these are indisputably the finest Utamaro reprints ever produced. Sparing no expense in production, these prints feature finely embossed details and shimmering mica accents that truly distinguish them from lesser reproductions.
These prints are considered some of the rarest and most valuable reprints on the market. As the production numbers for this series was quite low, they are almost impossible to find on the market today. This is an excellent opportunity for serious collectors as we are unlikely to come across another group of these oban Goyo reprints in such fine condition. Bid or buy now!
Note: Each print has the red rectangular Goyo seal in the margin or on the reverse.
Comments - An incredible design in six panels by the master Utamaro. This scene of the Sumida from above and below the Ryogoku Bridge is one of his great masterworks.
The view is looking downstream, past the pillars of the bridge, with the boathouses of the wealthy bakufu at the water’s edge on the left. The group on the bridge includes three maids from a nearby samurai mansion and women with their children. Underneath, covered pleasure boats float on the river in the late afternoon.
A complete original six print set is unattainable in the market today. This beautiful reprint is a rare find and an excellent ukiyo-e subject.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 29 3/4" x 30 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Six separate panels. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.