Posted by Anders Rikardson (18.104.22.168) on May 15, 2015 at 10:44:51:
In Reply to: utamaro posted by mikael simon on May 03, 2015 at 08:36:51:
This is Utamaro I.
Both the signature and the style (compare various book illustrations) is Utamaro I (not Utamaro II).
It dates to to the last few years of his life, ca. 1800-1806.
As Hans-Olof says the subject is the "7 Lucky Goods".
Utamaro I the a plethora of small "popular" prints, in colour and b?w in the last few years of his life.
The present print is not so rare while most of Utamaro I other "popular" small (chuban and koban) are very rare.
There is a lot of confusion surrounding these prints as Utamaro II also designed even more prints of this category than Utamaro I.
Most scholars can't tell the to artists apart so these prints have been carefully avoided, except the most obvious examples, in most publications on Utamaro I.
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