Obvious Love - Beautiful image of a young woman in love, no longer able to hide her feelings, hence the title of the print. She adjusts a hairpin, her tie-dyed cotton kimono loosely wrapped about her, falling open at her chest. Beautifully drawn with delicate fine line work in the face and hair, and a soft color palette enhanced by a shimmering pink mica background. A lovely print.
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.
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 - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 15" x 9 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.