by Harunobu (1724 - 1770)
Comments - Interesting design of a beauty burning love letters, the smoke conjuring up an image of her former lover. She kneels next to a brazier, pulling on the sleeve of her outer kimono as she watches the figure appear above the roaring flames. A tobacco set rests on the floor nearby, with a bed and folding screen behind. An intriguing image, beautifully colored and detailed.
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 - Harunobu (1724 - 1770)
Image Size - 10 1/4" x 7 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A minor stain in top left corner. Please see photos for details. Good overall.