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The Interesting Type

The Interesting Type
by Utamaro 1 Kitagawa (1753-1806)

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Artist: Utamaro 1 Kitagawa (1753-1806) 喜多川歌麿
Title: The Interesting Type
Series: 10 Types in the Physiognomic Study of Women
Date 1st edition?1792-1793
Date of this artwork?1970 (may not be accurate)
Publisher 1st edition?Tsutaya
Publisher (this edition)?Takamizawa 高見沢
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Oban
Format (this edition): Oban
DB artwork code: 31086
Notes (1st edition)?Artist:
Utamaro, Kitagawa, 1750-1806
The Interesting Type
Ten Types in the Physiognomic Study of Women
15 x 10 inches
Utamaro, pl. 56
Notes (this edition)?The following information was taken from the original web listing of this artwork. Often written by non-experts, there may be inaccuracies:

Japanese Woodblock by Utamaro ‘Beauty Before Mirror’

Authentic mid-Showa era woodblock “re-strike” (that is, produced from re-carved blocks) by Japan’s early grandmaster of “ukiyo-e,” Utamaro (1753-1806) and published by Takamizawa Mokuhansha Publisher of Tokyo. (Takamizawa was well known for their very accurate reproductions of earlier “ukiyo-e” prints—in doing so, earning both the scorn and admiration of respected Watanabe Publisher’s founder, Shabur・Watanabe.) Scene is from among the series titled “Ten Studies in Female Physiognomy” (“Fujin Sogakku Juttai”) originally published in 1792-93 by Tsuta-ya Juzaburo Publishers. Takamizawa’s seals are seen on verso; with Kikuta Kojiro as carver and Sato Kanjiro as printer; along with the date of “Showa 45,” or 1970. Circa 1970.

The printing quality and details of these Takamizawa “re-strikes” is outstanding, rivaling that of the early originals. Nice, subtle “bokashi” (gradation of color) shading throughout the green kimono, very finely carved details, and gauffrage (blind-printing or embossing) which adds real texture to the entire kimono. Also note—the entire print’s background is over-printed using “mica” imparting a sumptuous appearance to the final print. Condition is very good—some slight wrinkling—but print shows no signs of any prior mounting. Bright, fresh colors. Image measures 10" x 15" inches.

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