Surimono - Surimono are an exclusive subcategory of Japanese woodblock prints. Poetry clubs commissioned these designs for distribution to a small audience of members, most often as New Year's greetings. These privately published images included a wonderful range of subjects and lavish printing techniques such as embossing, burnishing, and metallic pigments. Since surimono were not sold commercially, the print runs were very small and original Edo era surimono are incredibly rare in the market today. These fine quality suriomono reprints offer a great way to collect these classic designs at an affordable price.
Comments - Charming surimono design by Hokusai of a courtesan offering a trained monkey a gold coin as it reaches down from its perch on a raised platform, its trainer standing beside her. Blossoming plum branches add a colorful note to the background. Includes embossing on the beauty's white collar.
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 - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 8 1/2" x 7 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning, a few small marks. Please see photos for details.