Happy Togetherness of Umegawa and Chubei - Terrific Utamaro design of the young lovers, the beautiful courtesan Umegawa and Chubei, who works for a firm of couriers. The pair is shown under an umbrella as they make their escape to Chubei's native village. The beauty has a sheer black silk cloth wrapped around her head and pinned to her hair for traveling. The round inset at upper left shows a view of Lake Biwa. A charming scene with a soft color palette enhanced with touches of black.
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 - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 14 7/8" x 9 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Minor toning at bottom edge. Please see photos for details. Good overall.