Couple and Mosquito Net

by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Current Status

Couple and Mosquito Net by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Utamaro (1750 - 1806) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Couple and Mosquito Net

Publisher - Adachi from a rare series of Edo masterwork designs. Adachi publisher seal in margin or on reverse.

Adachi was one of the most respected publishers of the 20th century. Their woodblocks were printed to the highest standards with excellent color and fine detail. Founded in 1925, Adachi also chose interesting and varied subjects for their prints and was the only publisher of many famous old ukiyo-e images.

Comments - Lovely design of a young couple preparing for bed, the beauty separated from her lover by the mosquito netting. Her purple and white tie-dyed kimono has fallen open slightly as she reaches around behind her back to untie her black feather print obi, which reverses to a rosy pink pattern. The man wears a checked kimono and holds a slender pipe. Beautifully detailed with fine line work in the netting. An attractive image, 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 - 15 1/8" x 10 1/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Couple and Mosquito Net by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Couple and Mosquito Net by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)