Osaka Prints - Produced in the Kansai region, including Osaka and Kyoto, Osaka prints or kamigata-e are instantly distinguishable from typical Edo ukiyo-e. A major difference is the choice of subject matter. Osaka prints were nearly always portraits of actors or kabuki scenes. In contrast, Edo print subjects included beauties, landscapes, nature scenes, warriors, and historic events, in addition to kabuki.
Distinctly different artistic styles also emerged in Edo and Osaka in the 18th and 19th century, resulting in certain recognizable characteristics for each area. Osaka prints feature more subtle, serious figures, reflecting the wagoto or soft style of acting prevalent in the area, along with distinctive facial expressions. The aragato or brash manner of acting popular in Edo influenced print designs towards bolder images of heroism and military prowess.
Much like the style of the prints, the demand for ukiyo-e in the cities of Osaka and Edo also varied. Osaka produced far fewer ukiyo-e designs than Edo did. As a consequence, Osaka prints are rarer and also some of the highest quality prints made in the 19th century, with many featuring deluxe techniques such as burnishing or embossing. Osaka prints are a rare and wonderful collecting area of Japanese woodblocks.
A Fuji Arts Overstock Item - This original antique diptych is opening at $39 and will sell when the auction ends! We are making room for new merchandise and selling out some of our huge inventory of original prints. Watch for hundreds of prints this month, with diptychs opening at $39.
Take advantage and shop the Overstock selection for fantastic bargains opening well below our cost. Overstock prints are all originals, identified by artist only - no title or description. At these prices, we need to leave the research to the buyer. Jump on and take advantage of these great prices. Once we've moved through this inventory it will all be over!
Artist - Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)
Image Size - 9 1/2" x 13 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Two separate panels. Staining, slight creasing. Please see photos for details.
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