by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Series; Flower Patterns, 1896
The Kan'ei to Shoho Era (1624 - 1648) - Fantastic design from a series depicting beauties from different historical periods. This print depicts the courtesan Takao of the Miuraya, reclining as she reads a letter. Her hair is carefully styled with delicate curls around her face, the sides swooping down over her shoulders and drawn up into a topknot at the back. A fine reed blind partially separates the beauty from a procession of women and men. The unique large format figure fills the page beautifully, creating an almost abstract graphic effect that is very modern. Nicely detailed with light burnished lines on the hair and incredibly fine line work in the delicate hairline. A truly striking woodblock print from Kiyochika's acclaimed beauty series.
Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 27 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Small tear at edge, repaired. A few creases and small spots, slight ink bleeding. Please see photos for details. Good overall.