Utamaro (1750 - 1806) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Hanaogi of the Ogiya
Series; Renowned Beauties Likened to the Six Immortal Poets
- 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.
Hanaogi of the Ogiya - Beautiful Utamaro portrait of the courtesan Hanaogi of the Ogiya preparing to write a letter, looking dreamily at a roll of paper with a brush in hand. Her plum colored kimono features a tie-dyed seashell pattern, worn over a deep pink under robe with a sherry blossom design. The inset at upper right features a rebus or picture puzzle that sounds like her name. An attractive design, detailed with embossing on the end of the roll of paper and a shimmering mica background.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 14 5/8" x 10" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.