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 - Lovely okubi-e or large "head portrait" of the courtesan Shizuka of the Tamaya. She smiles as she looks ahead, holding a book in her hand. Her hair is pulled back into a large smooth bun with wings at the sides, adorned with a pink ribbon and many hairpins. The bold patterns of her kimono add a nice graphic impact. An attractive, classic Edo era beauty portrait.
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 - Eisui (active circa 1790 - 1823)
Image Size - 15 1/8" x 10" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Good overall.