Eisen (1790 - 1848) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Beauty under a Quilt
Series; Contemporary Women
- 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.
Ishu Kankokai - The publisher Ishu Kankokai of Tokyo is best known for its commemorative edition prints of shin-hanga beauties by Torii Kotondo and Hashiguchi Goyo, but they also did fine quality reprints in the 1980s of classic ukiyo-e works by masters such as Hokusai and Utamaro.
Beauty under a Quilt - Lovely portrait of a beauty under a heavy robe or quilt in winter, looking to the side as she pulls the blanket around her. She wears a light red kimono with a black collar over a red under robe patterned with leaves and trimmed with a pale blue floral print. The dark blue quilt features a striking design of peony blossoms and scrolls. Her hair is simply styled with two hairpins and a single red ribbon. Beautiful fine line work in the hair and eyelashes. A charming image.
Artist - Eisen (1790 - 1848)
Image Size - 15" x 9 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.