Utamaro -- "Prelude to Desire -- #A"

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Artist Utamaro (KITAGAWA)
Title "Prelude to Desire -- #A"
Date 1799;
later printing ca1880/90's
Series "The Prelude to Desire"
("Negal no Itoguchi")
Publisher Privately printed.
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 10 1/8 x 14 7/8
Impression Very Fine.
Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading; light "gauffrage"
(embosssing) to kimonos and body areas; crisp "key-lines," highly detailed carving.
Condition Very Good+++.
Excellent colors.
(Discoloration upper/right corner; bumping to corner; light toning; slight wear.)
Very clean for "shunga."
Reference/Illus na
Comments From Utamaro's wonderful 1799 "The Prelude to Desire" series. Full-sized "shunga" prints by Utamaro are both highly desirable and difficult to locate.
Item # EG-145
Price $375 (Sold/KC)