Kuniyoshi's Gather Together Pictures - Terrific design from a clever Kuniyoshi series depicting portraits composed of the interlocking bodies of many small figures. This type of print was called yaso-e or "gather together pictures," and consisted of a large image composed of several smaller images. Each is accompanied by a humorous text. These unusual subjects show Kuniyoshi's wonderful creativity and sense of humor, and are highly desired by collectors. A great example of the artist's comic work.
Tachihara Inuki - This reprint is the work of the Japanese woodblock print artist Tachihara Inuki, who dedicated himself to carrying on the traditional methods and materials of ukiyo-e. Self-taught, he studied the original paper, pigments, and printing methods used by Edo era masters, using them to produce his own original works as well as a limited number of reprints of famous ukiyo-e designs, including a small number of masterwork designs by Kuniyoshi and other artists. His woodblocks are exquisite, with exceptionally fine carving and printing. In 1995, the artist changed his name from Katsuhara Shinya to Tachihari Inuki. Born in 1951, Tachihara died of a sudden illness on July 31, 2015, at the age of 64. We acquired this extremely rare reprint directly from the estate of the printer. Tachihara was the subject of a 2015 retrospective exhibition at the Hagi Uragami Museum in Yamaguchi Prefecture, recognizing his incredible skill and artistry and honoring his commitment to carrying on this classic Japanese art form.
With certificate - This print comes with a certificate in Japanese describing the work with the artist's name and publishing information. Signed Katsuhara Shinya in pencil in kanji on reverse.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14 3/4" x 10" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A couple minor creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Otherwise excellent condition.