Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Frogs and Yamabuki Flowers
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!
- 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 - Charming Hiroshige nature subject depicting two frogs swimming in a pond with beautiful yamabuki or yellow mountain roses hanging above. The water is beautifully suggested by curving streaks of softly shaded blue. An attractive design. A fine Takamizawa reprint with publisher's seal on reverse.
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 15" x 6 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.