Eishi (1756 - 1829) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Courtesans and Kamuro at New Year's
- 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 scene of elegantly dressed courtesans and two kamuro or child apprentices enjoying a stroll at New Year's. The beauty at right wears a white outer robe decorated with a folding fan and blossoming plum branches over a pink and red print kimono, tied with a light blue obi with swirling water currents and golden yellow medallions. She looks back over her shoulder as she chats with a companion. Between them, a girl carries a battledore for a holiday game similar to badminton. The pine and bamboo arrangements at right are traditional New Year's Day decorations. A charming design rarely seen in reprint, nicely detailed with embossing in the white robe.
Artist - Eishi (1756 - 1829)
Image Size - 9 7/8" x 14 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A small mark. Please see photos for details. Good overall.