KITANI -- "Heroine Ochiyo"

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Artist KITANI, Chigusa
Title "Heroine Ochiyo"
Date ca1922
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 10 5/8 x 15 3/8
(plus wide margins)
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" (gradation of colors) shading to scarf and kimono; light "gauffrage" to kimono; highly detailed carving.
Condition Excellent. Excellent colors. Very clean front and verso.
Reference/Illus "The Female Image," Plate #138.
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-183
Price $625 (Sold/PB)