Eisen (1790 - 1848) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Mariko, Station No. 21
From an untitled series of beauties on the Tokaido Road
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!
- 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.
Beauties on the Tokaido Road - Lovely portrait from Eisen's wonderful series pairing beauties with the stations of the Tokaido Road. Following the success of Hiroshige's "Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido," Eisen created his own version in the 1830s featuring large beauty portraits in the foreground with landscapes above. These attractive designs demonstrate Eisen's mastery of the classic Japanese beauty subject, combined with travel along the famed Tokaido, with views ranging from bustling villages to the serene countryside. Beautifully printed with rich, jewel-tone color and soft shading, these handsome images are a great choice for display, either singly or in groups.
Artist - Eisen (1790 - 1848)
Image Size - 14 3/4" x 10" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.