Classic Pillow Prints - One of the popular and favorite print styles from the late 18th and early 19th century was the pillow print. Set against lovely, traditional background settings, these finely designed old images usually depict a young couple in a private setting, playfully cuddling or resting before or after lovemaking. These prints were normally variations on that theme and reflect the sometimes slightly erotic nature of Japanese woodblock prints. The great Edo masters Utamaro, Kiyonaga, Toyonobu, Harunobu, and Toyokuni I all created pillow prints. Reprints of these wonderful old designs are a great opportunity to collect these classic images at a fraction of the price of an original.
Poem of the Pillow - Often considered one of the greatest artists of the genre, Utamaro produced shunga masterpieces throughout his career. Prints from his series "Poem of the Pillow" (Utamakura), originally released in 1788, are extremely rare and highly coveted by collectors. Originals from this series sell for tens of thousands of dollars at auction. This fine quality reprint is an excellent opportunity to acquire an image from this famous series at an affordable price.
Beautifully carved and printed by the venerable Ishu-Kankokai of Tokyo, this charming reprint is very rare and a wonderful choice for a collector interested in classic Edo era beauty designs.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 9 1/2" x 15" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.