Picture of the Middle Class

by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

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Picture of the Middle Class by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Utamaro (1750 - 1806) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Picture of the Middle Class

Series; Three Ranks of Young Women According to their Fashions

Picture of the Middle Class - Lovely Utamaro reprint of two young middle class women relaxing during a moment of leisure. One kneels holding a fan, adjusting her hairpin. A man's black silk jacket, a love letter visible in the sleeve, is draped over the screen behind them, which features a design of swimming ducks. The two women admire a sweet rush plant in a basin of water. Beautiful soft color and fine detail in this handsome 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 - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Image Size - 14 3/4" x 9 3/4"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Please see photos for details.

Picture of the Middle Class by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Picture of the Middle Class by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)