Ishu Kankokai - The publisher Ishu Kankokai of Tokyo is best known for its commemorative edition prints of shin-hanga beauties by Torii Kotondo and Hashiguchi Goyo, but they also did fine quality reprints in the 1980s of classic ukiyo-e works by masters such as Hokusai and Utamaro.
Beauty and Dog - Charming Utamaro design of a young woman cradling a dog in her arms. She smiles as she looks ahead, one hand resting on the animal's back. She wears a solid gray kimono with a white crest on each sleeve and a black collar, worn over a red under robe with purple tie-dyed trim. Her hair is piled high in a smooth bun anchored with a hairpin, a few loose wisps framing her face. A delightful subject, rarely seen in reprint.
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 5/8" x 9 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.