Series; Five Shades of Ink in the Northern Quarter
Young Woman from a Low-Class Brothel - Charming portrait of a young girl from a lower class brothel, smiling with delight as she clutches a crumpled letter from a lover. She retains a youthful naivety with her girlish expression of joy. She wears a dark tie-dyed kimono over a red under robe, tied with an olive green obi. Her hair is pulled back into a sleek bun, adorned with a few simple hairpins and a red ribbon. An attractive image, rarely seen in reprint.
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 9 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.