by Kiyonaga (1752 - 1815)
Series; Current Manners in Eastern Brocade
Oedo Mokuhansha - These classic designs were produced by the well known Tokyo publisher Oedo Mokuhansha amidst a resurgence of interest in ukiyo-e in the early 1950s. Like many of these traditional businesses, the woodblock print craft was passed down through generations, and the Oedo Mokuhansha company was formed by descendents of an Edo era publisher. These are nice prints of the highest quality standards and an excellent choice if you are looking for fine old woodblock reprints.
Beauties in the Rain - Lovely of this famous Kiyonaga design depicting the three young beauties in rain under two umbrellas. The elegantly dressed women nod to each other in passing as they walk down the street. Nicely printed with a soft color palette touched with black, with lightly embossed lines indicating the folds in the black kimono.
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 - Kiyonaga (1752 - 1815)
Image Size - 14 3/4" x 9 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Drying holes in left corners. A few spots. Please see photos for details. Good overall.