Beauty Reading a Letter

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Beauty Reading a Letter by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty Reading a Letter

Series; Thirty-two Fashionable Physiognomies, 1869

Thirty-two Fashionable Physiognomies - Attractive half-length portrait from Kunichika's early beauty series "Thirty-two Fashionable Physiognomies." The number thirty-two in the title is a playful reference to the thirty-two notable features of Buddha. Each design shows a contemporary beauty in a scene from daily life, reading, enjoying a boat ride, or relaxing. These images are beautifully detailed with extremely fine line work in the hair and soft bokashi shading in the background. Some feature deluxe publishing techniques such as embossing or burnishing. A rarely seen Kunichika bijin series from early in his career.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 14" x 9 1/2" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnant on reverse near top corner from previous mounting. Small thinning spot at edge, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a couple tiny spots. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Beauty Reading a Letter by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Beauty Reading a Letter by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)