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.
Comments - Interesting portrait of a young beauty who has had a bit too much to drink, resting her head against her hand as she leans over a low black lacquer chest. An empty red lacquer sake cup rests on the floor nearby. Her kimono is patterned with delicate white sprigs and trimmed with a plum tie-dyed print, tied with a blue obi with a leaf design. The strong calligraphic outlines of the fabric provide a contrast with the more delicate line work of the face and hands.
Woodblock reprints - 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.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 7 5/8" x 10 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Good overall.