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. Drawing on the traditions and methods of the Edo era, the prints were produced replicating original Edo era colors and printed on beautiful handmade paper. The printers worked with the utmost care and great attention to detail, masterfully reproducing color and line work. All prints bear the red or brown "Takamizawa" seal on the reverse attesting to the Takamizawa publication of these prints. A great opportunity to acquire a fine reprint of a classic ukiyo-e design.
Comments - Beautiful design of two swallows fluttering around the gracefully curving branches of a peach tree in bloom. A full moon glows at upper right, showcasing the red buds and blossoms of the tree. A lovely Hiroshige nature subject, detailed with embossing in the feathers. The verse reads:
Spring has come and all the streams are filled with peach blossoms.
Nobody knows where Heaven is, but all wonder.
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 - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 15" x 6 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.