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 - Charming portrait of a reclining beauty writing a letter. She holds a brush in her hand, a roll of paper spread out of the floor before her. She looks over her shoulder with a rather surprised expression, as if suddenly distracted from her work. An attractive design with wonderful fine line work in the hair and eyelashes.
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 - Eisen (1790 - 1848)
Image Size - 14 1/2" x 10" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.