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BIJIN JUROU: A JAPANESE PROSTITUTE READING A LETTER
Kyoto 1950's. Kyoto Hanga In. Single woodblock color print, 26.8 x 40 cm., margins included pristine, as new, lightly mounted on a mat, superb color, flawless. *** *** WORK BY THE GREAT MASTER Utamaro Kitagata, (1750 -1806), a Japanese Woodblock reprint, hand woodblock printed in full color, a stunning copy of the original. This is a lovely color print, showing a very delicate girl reading a scroll letter. She wears an inside Kimono with graffrage, or blind printed pattern cloth. An excellent techinque seldom found in Japanese prints. The work also has the rare crushed mica background. TITLE CARTOUCHE: The title is exceptionally hard to read, written in the ancient "running grass" style. There is also a small fan print next to the title cartouche. THE PRINT: This print was carved by Harada Kame, printed by Ito Satoshi. CONDITION: Stunning work in excellent, flawless condition. The upper edge is deckle. THE CARVER/PRINTER: This print was expertly carved by Harada Kame and superbly printed by Ito Satoshi. WHO WAS UTAMARO: KITAGAWA Utamaro [1754-1806], was the son and pupil of Toriyama Sekiyen, one of the leading artists of the Ukiyo-E School. The foremost painter of women. He had several pupils and innumerable imitators and forgers of his name, among the latter were Toyokuni and more particularly Yeizan. Extracted from Stewart below. REFERENCES: STEWART, Basil. JAPANESE COLOUR-PRINTS AND THE SUBJECTS THEY ILLUSTRATE: A Guide for the Collector & Student with Description of the Subjects Illustrated in Landscape, Drama, Story and Portraiture. VON SEIDLITZ, W. A HISTORY OF JAPANESE COLOUR-PRINTS. LANE, Richard. IMAGES FROM THE FLOATING WORLD: THE JAPANESE PRINT, INCLUDING AN ILLUSTRATED DICTIONARY OF UKIYO-E: Utamaro entries on pp.21, 124,127, 135-41, 341-346. [ISHII, Kendon.] NISHIKI-E NO ARATAME-IN NO KOH-SHOH: READINGS OF CENSOR'S SEALS ON JAPANESE PRINTS ROBERTS, Laurance P. A DICTIONARY OF JAPANESE ARTISTS PAINTING, SCULPTURE, CERAMICS, PRINTS, LACQUER: p.193. KOBAYASHI, Tadashi. UTAMARO. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utamaro .
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