Comments - Fantastic Kiyonaga design of a group of upper-class beauties and young men enjoying a summer afternoon on the river in pleasure boats. The tow boats glide past the wooden pillars of a bridge, with a beauty at left standing in the prow, the breeze blowing her flowing sleeves. At right, a man prepares a fish, slicing it open on a cutting board placed across a tub of water. Lovely color and detail in this attractive triptych, rarely seen in reprint.
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 - Kiyonaga (1752 - 1815)
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.