Re: UTAMARO


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Posted by Hans Olof Johansson on July 09, 1998 at 10:01:13:

In Reply to: UTAMARO posted by RAY on July 08, 1998 at 21:49:37:

: I NEED HELP WITH A PRINT THAT I HAVE. IT IS 10INCHES BY 13. IT HAS UTAMARO'S SIGNIATURE IN THE LOWER LEFT CORNER AND A DATE SEAL? IT IS RAIN STORM. THE TOP OF THE PRINT FOR ABOUT THE FIRST 3INCHES DOWN IS NEARLY BLACK THEN IT SHADES TO TAN WITH THE LAST INCH SHADING TO BLACK AGAIN. THERE ARE THREE LADIES WITH UMBRELLAS HOLDING THEM AGAINST THE PELTING RAIN WHICH COMES ACROSS DIAGONALLY THROUGH THE PRINT. THE FIRST FIGURE IS DRESSED IN BLUE WITH SOME GREEN HOLDING A LANTERN, THE SECOND IS ALL IN BLACK WITH A RED TASSLE, THE THIRD IS ALSO IS BLUE WITH A BLACK SCARF. THEY ALL ARE IN WOODEN SHOES. THE COLORS CAN BE SEEN THROUGH THE BACK AS DARKS SHAPES AND THE OUTLINES ARE CLEAR. I AM SURE THIS IS A LATER PRINT BUT WHAT RANGE DO THESE GO IN AND ARE THEY WORTH ANYTHING OR JUST DECORATIVE?

I believe that this is another copy of the same print that Barbara Yaney asked about in February (message no. 164).

It was originally published in the picture album Ehon shiki no hana ("Picture book with flowers of the four seasons", 1801), across two pages, without signature or seals. This is probably a late reprint, where the publisher has added Utamaro's signature and his own seal.





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