Hokusai (1760 - 1849) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Irises and Grasshopper
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 - Fantastic Hokusai flower subject depicting the classic Japanese iris and grasshopper. The purple and white blossoms stand out against the rich green narrow foliage, the grasshopper nearly hidden among the leaves. Beautiful Hokusai piece, with fine bokashi shading in the background.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 7 1/2" x 10 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at top center from original publisher mounting. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.