||"The Heroine Osan"
||Dealer contact--from an exceptional private collection.
||A Supplement of "The Complete Works of Chikamatsu" (12-print series)
("Dai Chikamatsu Zenshu")
||Yamagishi Kazue/Nishimura Kumakichi (both artisans produced the entire 12-print series)
||7 3/4 x 15 1/4
(plus wide margins)
||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.
||Excellent. Clean front and verso. (Slight toning--no flaws noted.)
||"The Female Image," p.106, pl.137.
||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.)