by Eisen (1790 - 1848)
Series; Selection of Beauties of the Five Festivals
Eisen Aizuri-e Beauties - Attractive design from a series of small reprints of classic Eisen aizuri-e designs. Literally "blue printed picture," aizuri-e are woodblocks printed entirely or predominantly in shades of blue. The style became fashionable with the introduction of the pigment Prussian Blue to Japan in the late 1820s. We've never before seen these charming beauty subjects 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 - Eisen (1790 - 1848)
Image Size - 9 5/8" x 6 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A couple small spots. Please see photos for details. Good overall.