Hanazuma of the Hyogoya - Beautiful image of the lovely courtesan Hanazuma reading a letter from an admirer. She examines the writing carefully, holding the letter close to her face. Her hair is piled high on her head and tied back with a white ribbon, a few delicate wisps escaping around her face. The circular inset at upper left is a picture puzzle spelling out the title of the work. A classic Utamaro beauty subject.
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" x 10 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Some faint creasing at edges. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.