Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty with a Fan
Series; Twenty-four Favorites of Enlightenment, 1877
Twenty-four Favorites of Enlightenment - Handsome design from a rarely seen Kunichika series pairing kabuki portraits with small scenes extolling modern inventions or modernized activities from the Meiji era, the "Enlightenment" of the title. These examples include rickshaws, streetlights, telegraph lines, steamships, and horse-drawn carriages. The figures are beautifully drawn and detailed with lively color, set off by a deep red background framed by a yellow border featuring confetti-like shapes. Some images includes deluxe publishing techniques such as burnishing and embossing. The series title is sometimes translated as "Twenty-four Favorites of New Civilization" or "Twenty-four Favorites of the Meiji Restoration." An interesting and unusual series.
Beauty with a Fan - Handsome kabuki design of a beauty holding a fan, a slight smile playing across her face as she watches delicate cherry blossom petals drift across the sky. She holds a fan and wears a blue kimono patterned with blossoms and leaves and bold kanji characters in yellow. A purse and a roll of tissues are tucked inside her purple under robe. The inset at top left shows a young man waiting under streetlight with two policemen approaching. A terrific design with vibrant color and fine embossed detail on the fan and white kimono collar.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 9 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Small hole, repaired. Slight ink offsetting, a few creases, spot in margin. Please see photos for details.