Publisher - Adachi from a rare series of Edo masterwork designs. Adachi publisher seal in margin or on reverse.
Adachi was one of the most respected publishers of the 20th century. Their woodblocks were printed to the highest standards with excellent color and fine detail. Founded in 1925, Adachi also chose interesting and varied subjects for their prints and was the only publisher of many famous old ukiyo-e images.
Comments - Lovely Utamaro design of three famous Edo era beauties, Tomimoto Toyohina (top center), Naniwaya Okita (bottom right), and Takashima Ohisa (bottom left). Naniwaya Okita holds a fan, while Takashima Ohisa clutches a towel around her neck, wearing an intricately detailed blue striped kimono patterned with tiny embossed leaf motifs. Beautifully detailed with fine line work in the hair. A charming group portrait with a lovely mica background.
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 - 15 1/4" x 10 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail. A small spot. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.