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Utamaro - SOLD


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Artist: Utamaro Kitagawa
Title: Teppo, from "Five Shades of Black in the Yoshiwara"

Date: originally published c. 1800 by Tsutaya Juzaburo, this pre-war (c. 1920s) published by Fusui Gabo
Size: oban, approximately 10"  x 15"
Condition: VG, generally excellent condition, strong white mica background
Impression: VG, excellent reproduction with attention to details, solid key lines and nice surface texture, with white mica background
Color: VG, with bleed through to verso
Notes: About the Publisher: Fusui Gabo was a publishing house active during the 1920's in Tokyo owned by Fusui Shobo. Fusui Gabo was renowned for the high quality of their prints, and their specialty was reproducing prints by famous ukiyo-e masters, the publisher also worked with shin hanga artists, including Takahashi Shotei (Hiroaki) on bijin-ga and landscape prints.
      The publisher's seal is found stamped in the side margin of the print above the printer carver seals and reads "Copyright owned by Fusui Gabo Company" (Hanyen shoyu Fusui Gabo hakko). Most of the prints published by Fusui Gabo are not dated. Fusui Gabo was not active after World War II and it is presumed that the company disbanded during the war.
About this Print: The name of this series ("Five Shades of Black in the Yoshiwara") refers to the five grades of low-class prostitutes and entertainers that could be found in the Yoshiwara. The subject allowed Utamaro to probe beyond the brilliant exterior of the pleasure district and depict human nature with his unique insights. This work is considered by many to be a masterly portrayal of wanton sensuality.