Mainichi Shimbun Publisher - From a fine collection of mid-20th century Utamaro reprints published by Mainichi Shimbun. This small Tokyo publisher carved blocks and reprinted many of the great masterwork designs of the Edo era. Their work was exquisite with an emphasis on quality, not quantity. Note the exceptional detail, carefully shaded printing, fine mica backgrounds, embossing, and other deluxe techniques. Mainichi prints are perfect for the collector or for the highest quality reprint for display.
Waterwheel at Onden - Handsome view of farmers working at a mill, with water cascading from the wheel as it powers the machinery inside. Two men carry bags of grain on their back up a hill, while a woman rinses a filled basket in the racing water. The small boy at left has a pet turtle on a string. Mt. Fuji rises in the distance above low-lying clouds, the farmers oblivious to its presence as they go about their daily work. A striking composition with wonderful detail.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 9 7/8" x 14 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight creasing at edge. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.
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