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!
Beauty with a Shamisen - Lovely full-length portrait of a beauty carrying a shamisen, pausing to adjust one of the tuning knobs. She wears a finely patterned kimono tied with a dark blue obi that reverses to a tie-dyed print, the cord of her straw hat caught between her teeth as she leans forward. The hand mirror-shaped inset at upper right features a scene of a servant washing a beauty's feet in a low wooden tub. A nicely detailed beauty subject.
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 - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 15 1/4" x 10 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Good overall.