Hokusai (1760 - 1849) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Two Beauties and Mosquito Netting
Hokusai Anthology of Famous Pictures by Takamizawa - In the mid-1950s, the renowned Takamizawa Publisher released a reprint series of 49 of Hokusai prints. The series focused on Hokusai’s charming, atypical designs that were less commonly seen. From nature scenes and beauties to outstanding selections from Hokusai's "100 Views of Mt. Fuji" series, these expertly carved and printed designs beautifully capture the details of the Edo era originals. Printed with the attention to detail and exquisite quality of the Takamizawa Publisher, this rare reprint series is a collector’s delight.
- 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 - Attractive Hokusai design of two beauties preparing for bed, one reaching out from beneath the mosquito netting towards a tobacco set. The other woman holds a pillow on her knees as she crouches near a lantern, a folding screen behind her. A partially unrolled letter and a round fan rest on the floor nearby. A charming scene from everyday life.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 7 5/8" x 10 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.