by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Series; Lasting Impressions of a Later Genji Collection
Hana-no-en, Chapter 8 - Attractive portrait of a beauty removing a hairpin as she looks over her shoulder, a roll of tissues in her mouth. She wears a beautiful kimono shaded from plum to blue with a design of blossoms and leaves along a flowing river. Her gray brocade obi lies in a heap on the floor behind her as she prepares to retire for the evening. Nicely detailed with embossing in the white kimono collar and trim, and along the side of the nose. A charming design.
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 - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 1/2" x 9 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at top edge from previous mounting. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.