OKADA -- "The Heroine Osan" (#3)

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Artist OKADA, Saburosuke
Title "The Heroine Osan"
Date ca1923
Provenance Dealer contact--from an exceptional private collection.
Series A Supplement of "The Complete Works of Chikamatsu" (12-print series)
("Dai Chikamatsu Zenshu")
Publisher unk
Seal, Carver/Printer Yamagishi Kazue/Nishimura Kumakichi (both artisans produced the entire 12-print series)
Image Size 7 3/4 x 15 1/4
(plus wide margins)
Impression Very Fine. Superbly executed "bokashi" (gradation of colors) shading to face, kimono, and background; "gauffrage" to circular kimono pattern and hair-comb; highly detailed carving.
Condition Excellent. Clean front and verso. (Slight toning--no flaws noted.)
Reference/Illus "The Female Image," p.106, pl.137.
Comments Part of a 12-print series of prints (each done by a different artist) published c1922/23; all were carved by Yamagishi Kazue and printed by Nishimura Kumakichi. For a further discussion of this series, see "The New Wave - Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection" (page 168). (Most "Chikamatsu" prints are found badly spotted or toned--these are in very fine condition.)
Item # EG-182
Price $675