Picnic by a Stream - Terrific Utamaro subject of beauties relaxing in the countryside, enjoying an afternoon picnic along a rushing stream. One holds a toy boat, ready to drop it into the water, the red geometric pattern of her under robe showing through her sheer black silk kimono. At right, a beauty reclines with a pipe while another holds a goblet. Wonderful delicate embossing in the water and the floral pattern on the kimono at far left. A classic Edo era scene with beautiful soft color that would make a lovely framed display. This is an especially finely printed old triptych from the early Showa Era. Printed on fine old paper with natural colors, this triptych has the appearance of an original. A rare find, bid or buy now!
This is a very rare triptych to find in a nice old reprint from the early Showa Era. While a couple of Utamaro's triptychs were more commonly reprinted, that is not the case with this subject. If you like this beautiful Utamaro triptych, bid now!
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 - 14 3/4" x 30 5/8"
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Three panels, not attached. Slight paper remnants on reverse at corners from previous hinge mounting. Slight creasing at lower right edge of left panel. Please see photos for details. Very nice overall.