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.
Takamizawa Reprints - Handsome reprint by the venerable Takamizawa publisher. Takamizawa was known as one of the finest reprint publishers of the 20th century, and produced some of the highest quality ukiyo-e woodblock reprints of all time. Drawing on the traditions and methods of the Edo era, the prints were produced replicating original Edo era colors and printed on beautiful handmade paper. The printers worked with the utmost care and great attention to detail, masterfully reproducing color and line work. All prints bear the red or brown "Takamizawa" seal on the reverse attesting to the Takamizawa publication of these prints. A great opportunity to acquire a fine reprint of a classic ukiyo-e design.
Twilight Snow of the Floss-stretching Form - Lovely Harunobu scene depicting the everyday life of women. Two women sit in an elegant interior, stretching silk floss over the black lacquered pails used by cotton pickers. The floss on the pail is meant to look like snow on a mountain. Beautiful embossed detail on the folds of the cloth. A classic design from a Harunobu series parodying the famous "Eight Views of Omi" using scenes from everyday life.
Artist - Harunobu (1724 - 1770)
Image Size - 11" x 8 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent with no issues to report.