Enjoying the Evening Cool on the Banks of Sumida River - A beautiful woodblock reprint of Utamaro's wonderful triptych of beauties strolling along the Sumida River enjoying the fireworks display and the cool evening weather. The crowded Ryogoku Bridge and many boats are silhouetted in the background against an evening sky. In the center panel, a man fires a rocket from a boat, a trail of red sparks curling across the sky. A fantastic print showing this classic summer pastime in Edo, with beautiful soft color, bokashi shading, and fine detail. Would make a great framed presentation.
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 - 21 1/2" x 10 3/4"
Condition - This triptych with excellent color and detail. Three separate panels. Please see photos for details.
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