The Fourth Month - Charming Harunobu design of a wandering monk called a komuso stopping to chat with two young women through a window. He pauses to look up as a cuckoo flies past at upper right. He carries a large basket hat and a shakuhachi flute, and wears a black monk's mantle over his white kimono. A narrow stream winds behind him, and delicate plants grow alongside the house. A handsome subject with beautiful embossing on the monk's white kimono.
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 - Harunobu (1724 - 1770)
Image Size - 11 1/4" x 8 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Paper remnant on reverse at top corner from previous mounting. Toning. Please see photos for details.