Comments - Attractive portrait of an Edo prostitute hurrying through the streets. She wears a black kimono over layers of colored kimono, tucking her hand into the obi at her waist. A white scarf is draped over her head, the edge caught between her teeth, and loose wisps of hair farmed her face. The black collar of the kimono features a beautiful burnished geometric pattern. A charming design.
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 - 14 3/4" x 10" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning, a couple light smudges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.