Picture of the Upper Class

by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

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Picture of the Upper Class by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Utamaro (1750 - 1806) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Picture of the Upper Class

Series; Three Ranks of Young Women According to their Fashions
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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.

Picture of the Upper Class - Fantastic portrait by Utamaro from his series picturing women from the upper, middle, and lower class. Two beauties are shown relaxing in an interior, one giggling into her kimono sleeve as she chats with her companion. She wears a sheer black outer robe bordered with a design of blossoms and flowing water. A koto rests on the floor behind her, next to a small lacquer box on a white cloth and an insect cage containing a cricket. Beautifully detailed with embossed lines to indicate the ribs of the round fan. A lovely design.

Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

Image Size - 15 1/4" x 10 1/2" + margins as show

Condition - Excellent color and detail. Light crease at edge.

Picture of the Upper Class by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Picture of the Upper Class by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)

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