Yuyudo Publisher - In the early 20th century, the Yuyudo publishing house had already distinguished themselves as one of the finest publishers in Japan. They adhered to the same exacting standards of 19th century publishers while some of their publishing colleagues took shortcuts. In the 1950's, as interest Edo era woodblock prints was reigniting, Yuyudo embarked upon a project to produce reprints by the great masters from the Golden Age of Ukiyo-e. They hired the finest woodblock printers and carvers in the world for this endeavor. The resulting prints were some of the highest quality reproductions ever made. We are pleased to offer this beautiful reprint from the Yuyudo publisher in our auctions today. Yuyudo prints are exceptionally well done and very finely printed. Each bears a Yuyudo Publisher stamp on the margin or reverse. Bid now on prints from this fantastic collection!
The Asahiya Widow - Wonderful Utamaro portrait of a young beauty drying the side of her face with a towel after a bath. Her shaved eyebrows and hairstyle indicate that she is a widow. She wears a gray cotton kimono with a tie-dyed seashell pattern, tied with a green obi. The inset at top left features a go board as part of a picture riddle spelling out the beauty's name. A classic image from the golden age of Japanese woodblocks, with fine detail in the hairline.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 11 1/2" x 7 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.