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.
Comments - Charming print of a tired young beauty preparing for bed. She looks down with a smile, her outer kimono loosely wrapped around her over an intricately patterned tied dyed red under robe. A heavy green print kimono lies folded on the floor beside a tangled red sash, with a tobacco pouch and a plaid object in a roll of tissues nearby. A beautifully detailed design, 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 - Kuniyasu (1794 - 1832)
Image Size - 15 1/8" x 10" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Small paper inclusion at top edge. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.