Takamizawa Reprints - Handsome reprint by the venerable Takamizawa publisher. Takamizawa was known as one of the finest reprint publishers of the 20th century, and produced some of the highest quality ukiyo-e woodblock reprints of all time. A great opportunity to acquire a fine reprint of a classic ukiyo-e design.
Comments - Charming Utamaro print of a young beauty smiling as she reaches into an insect cage used to hold fireflies in the summertime, her paulownia patterned summer kimono slipping off her shoulder Her hair is pulled back into a smooth bun adorned with a mica comb, hairpins, and ribbons. The background features an allover check in green and brown, adding graphic impact. A lovely portrait, detailed with silver mica on the comb and one hairpin.
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 1/4" x 10 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail. Please see photos for details.