Antique Original Japanese Aizuri-e Woodblock Utagawa Toyokuni Courtesan Ca 1830. This is an early aizuri-e work from circa 1830, and features a Courtesan outdoors against a tree in early spring wearing sandals.
What is very interesting is the bat shaped cartouche for the name. The bat was considered a good luck omen to the Japanese. This type of all-blue print is called an aizuri-e woodblock, as it is purely in blue or shades of blue.The development of aizuri-e was associated with the import of the pigment Prussian blue from Europe in the 1820s. This pigment had a number of advantages over the indigo or dayflower petal dyes that were previously used to create blue. It was more vivid, had greater tonal range and was more resistant to fading, and as such became very popular with woodblock artists. This may be one of the 56 woodblocks of courtesans in the album of prints from the series A Tokaido Board Game of Courtesans, Fifty-three Pairings in the Yoshiwara (Keisei dochu sugoroku, Mitate Yoshiwara gojusan tsui).
Condition: Condition is commensurate with age and use. Very minor creases and scuffs. Tiny tape fragment on top right corner. Measurements: 14 3/4 x 101/2 inches. Unless described as being new, the items for sale are vintage or used and it may show evidence of wear.The description refers to the overall condition and details. We try to describe the items to the best of our ability. All listings are described as to the best of my knowledge, through careful research and price and description comparison.
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