Comments - Terrific Utamaro triptych of pleasures boats on the Sumida River at Ryogoku viewing the first fireworks of the season. At right a young geisha stands as a boatman poles the craft along, steadying herself on her companion's arm. At left, a woman dips a red lacquer sake cup into the gently rippling water while another woman sits back, relaxing against the upright support of the roof, a fan in hand. The bridge is crowded with people enjoying the cool summer evening, watching the sparks shooting up from a handheld firework below. This 1889 reprint updates the softer colors of Utamaro's original to the more vibrant tones popular during the Meiji era. A wonderful design with lovely detail, including delicate embossing in the white kimono collars. Published by Okura Magobei.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 14 3/8" x 28" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Vertical fold at edge of right panel. Slight toning and soiling, a small spots, small rubbed area. Please see photos for details. Good overall.