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.
Woodcutters in the Totomi Mountains - Striking view of woodcutters at work in the Totomi Mountains. A huge piece of lumber is propped diagonally as two men saw into the wood, making dimensioned lumber. At left, another man sharpens the teeth of a saw blade, while a woman with a child on her back gestures towards the smoke billowing upwards from a fire. Clouds swirl around the peak of Mt. Fuji, echoing the shape of the smoke. A terrific design, wonderfully detailed.
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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