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.
Descending Geese of the Koto Bridges - Fantastic design from Harunobu's masterful series "Eight Views of the Parlor" showing two elegant young beauties sitting on either side of a koto. The bridges of the musical instrument create the appearance of a row of geese descending for the evening, hence the title. Beautifully drawn with fine delicate detail and subtle coloring. A lovely work from one of Harunobu's well-known series parodying the famous "Eight Views of Omi" with scenes from everyday life.
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 - 11 1/4" x 8 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.