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 - Moving image of a pair of young lovers at their parting. The beauty presses her head against her lover's chest, anxiously wringing a cloth in her hands. The man wipes a tear from his eye, his face an expression of sorrow. A pipe and tobacco pouch lay abandoned on the floor between them. The artist beautifully captures the distress of the couple in this lovely, expressive design.
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 - Choki (active circa 1785 - 1805)
Image Size - 15 1/8" x 10" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.