Utamaro (1750 - 1806) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Picture of the Upper Class
Series; Three Ranks of Young Women According to their Fashions
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!
Picture of the Upper Class - Fantastic print portrait by Utamaro from his "Women According to their Fashions" series. A lovely reprint of this Utamaro masterwork showing two beauties in a formal interior with a koto at their feet and a small insect cage used to capture fireflies. The fan of the standing woman printed with a fine embossed detail - lovely. Beautiful woodblock reprint, fine choice to display.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 14 1/2" x 10 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Light diagonal crease across corner. Please see photos for details.