Utamaro (1750 - 1806) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Under the Mosquito Netting
Takamizawa's Taisho era Reprints - With the increase in Western visitors to Japan in the first quarter of the 20th century and the interest in the Edo era woodblock print tradition, some of the best publishing houses began to release high quality reprints of the most famous ukiyo-e designs. Founded in 1911, the Takamizawa Publisher of Tokyo produced some of the highest quality ukiyo-e woodblock reprints of all time. Drawing on the traditions and methods of the Edo era, the company created reprints with the utmost care and great attention to detail, masterfully reproducing color, line work, and even wood grain detail in some cases.
This print was published during the Taisho era (1911 - 1925), and features a Takamizawa seal on the reverse. Takamizawa's Taisho era prints are considered to be some of the finest reprints ever done. Today, these lovely old prints are sought after by collectors. This is a fantastic early release by Takamizawa and a great choice for a collector interested in classic ukiyo-e images.
Comments - Beautiful Utamaro design of a young woman emerging from behind the mosquito netting used in the summer to keep the insects away, her lover smoking a pipe behind her. Lovely color with especially fine line work in the mosquito netting.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 15" x 10 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.