Takamizawa's Taisho era Reprints - With the increase in Western visitors to Japan in the first quarter of the 20th century and the interest in the Edo era woodblock print tradition, some of the best publishing houses began to release high quality ukiyo-e of the most famous scenery and portrait prints from the Edo era. The Takamizawa Publisher, the finest reprint publisher of the era, published this beautiful print during the Taisho era (1911 - 1925). Drawing on the traditions and methods of the Edo era, the prints were produced with the original Edo era colors and printed on beautiful handmade paper. The prints were produced with the utmost care and great attention to detail, masterfully reproducing color, line work and even wood grain detail. Takamizawa's reprints were a fantastic achievement and were released to great acclaim. Some of the most popular subjects quickly became a scarce commodity.
Takamizawa's Taisho prints are considered to be the finest reprints ever done. Today, these lovely old prints are valuable and highly sought after by collectors. Most Takamizawa prints have a Taisho era seal on the reverse. This is a fantastic early release by Takamizawa and a great choice for collectors interested in these classic images.
Comments - Fantastic Utamaro triptych of beauties doing needlework with two children playing at their feet. At left, a young woman checks the quality of a bolt of silk, her face visible through the sheer dotted fabric. A little boy plays at her knee, waving a fan. A sewing chest, ruler, and pair of scissors rest nearby, ready for use. At right, two beauties stretch out a length of red tied-dyed fabric, while a boy plays on the floor, teasing a cat with its reflection in a hand mirror, the cat arching its back in defense. A lovely design with beautiful detail and soft color, with delicate embossing in the tie-dyed cloth. Complete triptych reprints of this fine Utamaro subject are rare.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 15 1/8" x 30 1/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Paper remnants and slight thinning on reverse from previous mounting. Horizontal fold near top edge. Slight toning and soiling, a few small spots. Please see photos for details. Good overall.