Series; Five Shades of Ink in the Northern Quarter
Young Entertainer - Attractive portrait of a young entertainer, smiling and playfully gesturing with her finger. She wears a sheer outer plum colored robe over a red and white striped kimono, the kimono visible through the gauzy fabric. Her hair is pulled back into a sleek bun with wings at the side, adorned with green and white ribbons and a few hairpins. A charming design.
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 - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 15" x 10" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.