Kiyomasu I (active circa 1696 - 1716) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Fujiwara no Teika on Horseback Accompanied by Oe Saemon and the Woman Nowake
- 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.
Publisher - Adachi from a rare series of Edo masterwork designs. Adachi publisher seal in margin or on reverse.
Adachi was one of the most respected publishers of the 20th century. Their woodblocks were printed to the highest standards with excellent color and fine detail. Founded in 1925, Adachi also chose interesting and varied subjects for their prints and was the only publisher of many famous old ukiyo-e images.
Comments - Interesting scene from the early years of Japanese woodblock prints of the famous poet Fujiwara no Teika riding horseback, the woman Nowake leading the animal by the reins. Teika's servant Oe Saemon follows alongside, scowling angrily. At upper left in the distance above, a nobleman walks along a path towards a hut where a man plays a lute. The first time we've seen this large format reprint.
Artist - Kiyomasu I (active circa 1696 - 1716)
Image Size - Page size 23" x 12 5/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Two attached panels. Slight creasing at edges. Folded by publisher for storage, will be shipped folded. Please see photos for details.