Comments - Lovely portrait of a beauty reading a letter, bending her head forward, engrossed in the message as unrolls the long sheet of paper. She wears a beautiful black outer robe patterned with a delicate floral border over a kimono with a design of maples leaves in soft green and dark red. A beautiful reprint with fine detail and sophisticated color, in a large format that would make a lovely framed display.
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 - Edo era artist (not read)
Image Size - 20 3/4" x 9 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Slight soiling. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.