by Harunobu (1724 - 1770)
Series; Eight Views of the Parlor
Eight Views of the Parlor - In Japan, the scenic "Eight Views of Omi" was a popular subject for woodblock print artists, featuring specific landscapes and weather conditions in Omi Province. Some artists adapted the theme of "Eight Views" using different locations such as Kanazawa or Edo. Harunobu went a step further with his witty parody titled "Eight Views of the Parlor," using scenes from everyday life in place of the famous sites. He likens the sound of a boiling teakettle to a night rain, and a towel on a rack blowing in the evening breeze to the billowing of a sail. These attractive designs feature Harunobu's lovely delicate line work and beautifully detailed settings. A great Edo era series by this ukiyo-e master.
Adachi Publisher - This beautiful reprint is from the famous Tokyo publisher Adachi, one of the most respected publishers of the 20th century. Adachi woodblocks were printed to the highest standards of quality with excellent color and fine detail. The Adachi woodblock printers were known to be the best in the business. Founded in 1925, Adachi also chose interesting and varied subjects for their prints and was the only publisher of many famous old ukiyo-e images. This print is sealed with the Adachi seal in ink.
Night Rain of the Tea Stand - Amusing scene of a young woman who has dozed off from the warmth of the tea kettle on a stand next to her. A mischievous young boy is sticking a hairpin with a paper streamer tied to it into her hair as another beauty watches. In this charming parody of one of the famous "Eight Views of Omi," Harunobu likens the sound of the boiling teakettle to a night rain. Beautifully detailed and colored, with delicate embossing in the paulownia leaves on the wall panels and the yellow kimono trim.
Artist - Harunobu (1724 - 1770)
Image Size - 10 3/4" x 7 1/2"
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.