Harushige (1747 - 1818) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Sharing an Umbrella
Woodblock reprints - 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.
Comments - Handsome design of a young couple sharing an umbrella during a rain shower. They wear matching outer kimono patterned with delicate white blossoms over pale blue and white robes with a design of leaves and flowing water. Tall grasses and flowers frame the edge of the river behind them. Nicely drawn with fine line work and attractive color. Stamped "Made in Japan" on reverse.
Artist - Harushige (1747 - 1818) Image Size - 10 1/8" x 7 3/8" Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.