Utamaro (1750 - 1806) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
The Heir Ikukusa
Yuyudo Publisher - In the early 20th century, the Yuyudo publishing house had already distinguished themselves as one of the finest publishers in Japan. They adhered to the same exacting standards of 19th century publishers while some of their publishing colleagues took shortcuts. In the 1950's, as interest Edo era woodblock prints was reigniting, Yuyudo embarked upon a project to produce reprints by the great masters from the Golden Age of Ukiyo-e. They hired the finest woodblock printers and carvers in the world for this endeavor. The resulting prints were some of the highest quality reproductions ever made. We are pleased to offer this beautiful reprint from the Yuyudo publisher in our auctions today. Yuyudo prints are exceptionally well done and very finely printed. Each bears a Yuyudo Publisher stamp on the margin or reverse. Bid now on prints from this fantastic collection!
Comments - Attractive scene of two women in an interior playing with the young boy Ikukusa. The seated beauty holds out her hands to take the squirming childe as he reaches a hand towards her. In his other hand he waves a toy featuring an actor's portrait. A charming design with a soft color palette, rarely seen in reprint.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806) Image Size - 14 3/4" x 9 7/8" + margins as shown Condition - This print with excellent color and detail. No issues to report.