Hinazuru of the Chojiya

by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

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Hinazuru of the Chojiya by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Utamaro (1750 - 1806) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Hinazuru of the Chojiya

Series; Array of Supreme Beauties of the Present Day

Hinazuru of the Chojiya - Charming portrait of Hinazuru of the Chojiya, holding the handle of a fan between her palms, her fingertips delicately pressed together. She looks ahead with a sweet, somewhat distracted expression, as if her thoughts are somewhere else. She wears a pink kimono over a red under robe, tied with a green brocade obi. The fan features a spray of pink flowers and curving grasses, with delicate embossing to indicate the ribs. A lovely design, not often seen in reprint. An original label on the back indicates that this print was published by Imperial Household Museum, the name of the Tokyo National Museum from 1900 - 1947 (see detail below). The museum commissioned high quality reprints of many of the ukiyo-e masterworks in its collection.

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" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Slight toning. Please see photos for details.

Hinazuru of the Chojiya by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Hinazuru of the Chojiya by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)