Kiyochika -- "Flower Patterns (Umbrella)"

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Artist Kiyochika KOBAYASHI (1847-1915)
Title "Flower Patterns (Umbrella)--Bijin of the Anei Era"
Date 1896
Series "Flower Patterns of Edo" (A 10 print series.)
Publisher Takekawa Seikichi
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size Three sheets, each 9 1/4 x 14 (overall image about 27 3/4 x 14).
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully done "bokashi" shading to umbrella and kimono; over-printed hair via "burnishing"; lightly "gauffraged" (embossed) cloth in mouth, title cartouche; and amazingly detailed carving of individual hairlines.
Condition Very Good. Excellent colors. Unbacked. (Three tiny (1/16) holes; minor marks, soils and flaws.)
Reference/Illus Similar images (and commentary) of same series in "Kiyochika--Artist of Meiji Japan," pg 98-99.
Comments Detailed printing. "Bijin-ga" prints by Kiyochika are not often encountered, as his "Flower Patterns" series were his only works of this genre.
Item # CG-757
Price $650 (Reserved/AVJ)