Comments - Charming image of two beauties at a bathhouse, one wringing out a blue and white cloth as she crouches beside a wooden pail of water. The other woman has a blue kimono loosely wrapped about her. A plaid robe lies on the floor behind the pair, and a shelf at upper right holds other articles of clothing. A handsome design, nicely composed. The first time we've offered this subject in 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 - Toyokuni I (1769 - 1825)
Image Size - 14 5/8" x 9 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at corners from previous mounting. Small tear and crease at edge, repaired. Slight toning, small spot. Please see photos for details. Good overall.