The Courtesans Hinazuru and Chozan - Fantastic scene of two elegant courtesans in their private quarters. At right, Hinazuru shows off one of her fashionable New Year kimono. Chozan watches while leaning against a low writing table covered with books and brushes, blank poem slips ready for her to write New Year greetings. The verses above reproduce the women's handwriting. Excellent detail in the luxurious fabrics and household accessories, beautifully colored.
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 - Masanobu (1761 - 1816)
Image Size - 20" x 15"
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Two panels, attached. Slight toning. Some thinning at edges. Nice overall.