by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Comments - Lovely image of a young beauty kneeling behind the mosquito netting used in summertime, reading a letter by the light of a lamp. She leans forward, examining the message closely as she holds the scroll between her hands. Incredibly fine line work in the netting. A beautiful old Meiji era reprint.
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 1/2" x 9 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Light toning, a few small spots. Please see photos for details. Good overall.