Series; Eight Sights in Parody of the Tale of Genji
A Fuji Arts special offer auction
Publisher - Adachi from a rare series of Edo masterwork designs. Adachi publisher seal in margin or on reverse.
Adachi was one of the most respected publishers of the 20th century. Their woodblocks were printed to the highest standards with excellent color and fine detail. Founded in 1925, Adachi also chose interesting and varied subjects for their prints and was the only publisher of many famous old ukiyo-e images.
Autumn Moon at Akashi - Lovely image of two beautiful young geisha enjoying a moment of relaxation. The younger girl, wearing a soft rose and white kimono, shades her eyes as she looks around. The woman in the foreground wears a somewhat sheer black and white striped robe, and holds a red fan. Beautifully drawn with graceful flowing lines. A classic Edo era beauty print.
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 - Eishi (1756 - 1829)
Image Size - 15" x 9 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Some faint toning in the top margin. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.
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