Utamaro (1750 - 1806) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Three Beauties of the Present Day
- 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 - Lovely Utamaro design of three famous Edo era beauties, Tomimoto Toyohina (top center), Naniwaya Okita (bottom right), and Takashima Ohisa (bottom left). Naniwaya Okita holds a fan, while Takashima Ohisa clutches a towel around her neck, wearing an intricately detailed blue striped kimono patterned with tiny embossed leaf motifs. Beautifully detailed with fine line work in the hair. A charming group portrait with a lovely mica background.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 15 1/4" x 10 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.