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 - Fantastic portrait of the young courtesan Hanazuma twisting a letter from her lover between her hands and contemplating their affair. She wears a sheer black robe with a red tie-dyed collar over a red under robe, tied with a brown geometric print obi with circular yellow motifs. A wonderful image and classic Utamaro design.
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 - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details.