Eight Views of the Parlor - In Japan, the scenic "Eight Views of Omi" was a popular subject for woodblock print artists, featuring specific landscapes and weather conditions in Omi Province. Some artists adapted the theme of "Eight Views" using different locations such as Kanazawa or Edo. Harunobu went a step further with his witty parody titled "Eight Views of the Parlor," using scenes from everyday life in place of the famous sites. He likens the sound of a boiling teakettle to a night rain, and a towel on a rack blowing in the evening breeze to the billowing of a sail. These attractive designs feature Harunobu's lovely delicate line work and beautifully detailed settings. A great Edo era series by this ukiyo-e master.
Mainichi Shimbun Publisher - From a fine collection of mid-20th century Utamaro reprints published by Mainichi Shimbun. This Tokyo publisher carved blocks and reprinted many of the great masterwork designs of the Edo era. Their work was exquisite with an emphasis on quality, not quantity. Note the exceptional detail, carefully shaded printing, fine mica backgrounds, embossing, and other deluxe techniques. Mainichi prints are perfect for the collector or for the highest quality reprint for display.
Returning Sails of the Towel Rack - Terrific Harunobu design from a series parodying the famous "Eight Views of Omi" using scenes from everyday life. In this print, a towel fluttering on a drying rack recalls the sails of boats returning to shore for the evening. A beauty stands on the verandah dipping water from a basin while her companion inside sews. Wonderful color and fine detail.
Artist - Harunobu (1724 - 1770)
Image Size - 11 3/4" x 8 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning. Please see photos for details.