by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Series; Collection of Eight Views of Women
From the Uchida Publisher Archives - We were fortunate to purchase a wonderful collection of 20th century prints directly from the archives of the Uchida Art Company of
Beauty Applying Makeup to her Neck - Charming reprint of a beauty seated before a makeup chest, using a hand mirror as she applies white makeup to the nape of her neck. Her kimono is pushed down around her waist as she carefully tends to her toilette. A tattoo is visible on her upper arm, likely the name of her sweetheart. A blue and white porcelain container of makeup sits on the chest next to a small towel, and a large brush rests across an open drawer. A classic Edo era beauty subject, with fine detail in the household furnishings.
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 - 12 5/8" x 7 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.