Mainichi Shimbun Publisher - From a fine collection of mid-20th century Utamaro reprints published by Mainichi Shimbun. This small Tokyo publisher carved blocks and reprinted many of the great masterwork designs of the Edo era. Their work was exquisite with an emphasis on quality, not quantity. Note the exceptional detail, carefully shaded printing, fine mica backgrounds, embossing, and other deluxe techniques. Mainichi prints are perfect for the collector or for the highest quality reprint for display.
Ochie of the Koiseya at Kobikicho, Shin-yashiki - Wonderful, classic Utamaro head and shoulders portrait of the famous young beauty Ochie reading a woodblock print book. She smiles happily as she examines the pictures, her open lips revealing tiny even teeth. A lovely design with fine line work in the hair and a subtle distressed mica background. Rarely seen in reprint.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 15 5/8" x 10 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Good overall.