Beauty Applying Makeup

by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

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Beauty Applying Makeup by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Utamaro (1750 - 1806) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Beauty Applying Makeup

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Beauty Applying Makeup - Lovely Utamaro image of a young beauty applying makeup to the back of her neck, her face seen only in reflection in the hand mirror, the mirror surface treated with shimmering mica. She delicately pats the side of her neck, leaving a white hand print, as her tie-dyed kimono slips from her shoulder. A beautiful and classic Edo era design with fine detail in the delicate hair line. Stamped on reverse "Copyright 1972 by the Sakai Collection Tokyo."

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 1/8" x 10 1/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Small tear at edge, repaired. Slight creasing. Please see photos for details.

Beauty Applying Makeup by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Beauty Applying Makeup by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

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