Comments - Beautiful portrait of the young geisha Kamekichi, who worked in the Sode-ga-ura district in Edo, which is pictured in the small landscape inset at upper right. She looks over her shoulder rather wistfully, clasping her hands before her. Beautiful fine line work in the hairline. A lovely, classic Utamaro beauty subject with a wonderful facial expression. Beautifully printed by the Mainichi Art Publishing Company of Tokyo.
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 1/8" x 10 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Good overall.