Re: Help identifying


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Posted by Alec W. (174.105.163.103) on February 18, 2021 at 19:18:51:

In Reply to: Re: Help identifying posted by Thank you! on February 18, 2021 at 18:31:34:

Well, the short story on reprints is that, starting about the 1890s, the domestic woodblock print market in Japan went into free-fall, but a new export market was opening up. So enterprising publishers and artisans started producing reprints they thought would appeal to the export market -- mostly landscapes and "beauty" designs, like the one you show above.

It's not always easy to tell what you're looking at, particularly just from photos online, but here's a guide to get you started:

https://www.viewingjapaneseprints.net/texts/topics_faq/faq_original.html

As per your Koryūsai print, I think it's actually a print adaptation of a painting. Such "old masters" adaptations were popular c. 1890s-1930s. See, for example:

http://www.baxleystamps.com/litho/sr/1906091215a_v3_1908.shtml

Good luck!
-A


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