Utamaro (1750 - 1806) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
From an untitled series of rebus prints
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!
Takashima Ohisa - A lovely Utamaro portrait of the young beauty Takashima Ohisa in her private quarters, checking her stylish hairdo using a pair of hand mirrors, her face visible in the reflection of the mirror at left. She kneels beside a makeup chest wearing an informal kimono with a tie-dyed seashell pattern, tied with a soft red obi. The square title cartouche contains a rebus or picture puzzle spelling out the beauty's name. A wonderful print.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 14 3/4" x 9 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent condition overall, no issues to report.