Comments - Lovely image of two awabi divers pausing for a break along the shore. One dips her foot in the water as the other points at a small group of swimming fish. Beautifully drawn with delicate line work in the long black hair and undulating waves. A charming Utamaro 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 - 16" x 9 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight crease at bottom. Please see photos for details. Good overall.