by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Series; Five Shades of Ink in the Northern Quarter
Gun Prostitute - Classic Utamaro portrait of a "gun" prostitute, the lowest ranking prostitute during the Edo era. She bites on a handkerchief as she leans back, her kimono having fallen away from her bare breasts. A well-known Utamaro subject with fine detail in the hair. Published by Uchida with seal in left margin.
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 - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 11 3/4" x 8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few creases. Please see photos for details. Good overall.