Reflective Love - Lovely portrait of a beauty looking over her shoulder, her hand held to her cheek. She wears a gray kimono with an intricate pattern of flying birds and tiny dots over a plum colored under robe with a seashell design. Her hair is pulled back into a sleek bun with wings at the side, ornamented with a simple comb and a few hairpins, and her eyebrows are shaved. A wonderful Utamaro design in the highly prized large head format, beautifully detailed with fine line work in the hair and a shimmering pale pink mica background. A terrific choice for display.
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 7/8" x 10 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail. Please see photos for details.