Utamaro (1750 - 1806) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Series; Ten Classes of Women's Physiognomy
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 ukiyo-e of the most famous scenery and portrait prints from the Edo era. The Takamizawa Publisher, the finest reprint publisher of the era, published this beautiful print during the Taisho era (1911 - 1925). Drawing on the traditions and methods of the Edo era, the prints were produced with the original Edo era colors and printed on beautiful handmade paper. The prints were produced with the utmost care and great attention to detail, masterfully reproducing color, line work and even wood grain detail. Takamizawa's reprints were a fantastic achievement and were released to great acclaim. Some of the most popular subjects quickly became a scarce commodity.
Takamizawa's Taisho prints are considered to be the finest reprints ever done. Today, these lovely old prints are valuable and highly sought after by collectors. A great choice for collectors interested in these classic images.
Beauty Smoking - Classic Utamaro portrait of a young beauty smoking a slender pipe. She exhales a puff of smoke, the swirling vapors rendered only with embossed lines, a fantastic detail emulating Utamaro's original. She wears a blue cotton summer kimono patterned with tie-dyed seashells, the robe hanging open at her chest. Beautifully detailed with a shimmering mica background and fine line work in the hair. A terrific design.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 15" x 10" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail. Some creasing and wrinkling. Please see photos for details. Very nice overall.