Eisho (active circa 1790 - 1799) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Courtesan Reading a Letter
- 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.
Ishu Kankokai - The publisher Ishu Kankokai of Tokyo is best known for its commemorative edition prints of shin-hanga beauties by Torii Kotondo and Hashiguchi Goyo, but they also did fine quality reprints in the 1980s of classic ukiyo-e works by masters such as Hokusai and Utamaro.
Comments - Beautiful Eisho print depicting a young courtesan in her leisure time, seated and reading a long letter. Her dark green outer kimono, decorated with symbols of the takaramono or "precious things," has slipped from her shoulders, showing off a red tie-dyed under robe. A nearby cart contains a case of print books and two more scrolls. Nicely detailed with fine line work.
Artist - Eisho (active circa 1790 - 1799)
Image Size - 12 3/4" x 8 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Good overall.