Unframed original reproduction from pre-WWII, early 20th century of Kitagawa Utamaro's "Two Beauties" by publisher. Despite the fact that the company's founder had a reputation for forging old prints, after he dies, his sons took over the business and transformed it into one of the finest reprint publishers of the 20th century, as exeplified by this print. Drawing on the traditions and methods of the Edo era, the prints were produced replicating original Edo era colors and printed on beautiful handmade paper.The printers worked with the utmost care and great attention to detail, masterfully reproducing color and line work. All prints bear the red or brown "Takamizawa" seal on the reverse attesting to the Takamizawa publication of these prints.
(See photo of seal on the lower left reverse side, used from 1927 to 1938). Takamizawa did a fabulous job showing how Utamaro was the master of beautiful women in this lovely print. This is a casual household scene on a hot day, with the artist displaying a little of his usual eroticism with the open kimono on one woman, and a bared knee of the other.Size: (oban) 39 cm x 26 cm; 15-7/16 in x 10-1/4 in. Mark of publisher in brown on reverse Takamizawa Mokuhansha. While a reproduction, this remains a very old print, and is not in perfect condition, as you'd expect. Colors are faded, yellowing around edges from framing, tape on the top back, other discoloration on top corners and both sides. Nonetheless, the high quality of the print comes through in the hair, the fabric detail, and even one woman's hand showing through the clear box. From a rare printer, this is truly a treasure for any collection. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Prints". The seller is "lauraandseamus" and is located in this country: US.
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