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Chokosai Eisho - Beauty after a Bath Ukiyoe

Chokosai Eisho - Beauty after a Bath Ukiyoe


Chokosai Eisho - Beauty after a Bath Ukiyoe


This is modern reprint of the striking image by 18th century artist Chokosai Eisho called Beauty after a Bath.


This ukiyoe has been reprinted by the highly regarded woodblock printers in Tokyo: Adachi (their seal is printed on the reverse of the ukiyoe). 


The Adachi Institute is well-known for its superior skill in training young artisans. Skilled craftsmen carve the woodblocks, faithfully replicating  the original. Mountain cherry tree wood is used for the woodblocks, and the carver carefully chisels a woodblock for each colour that is used in the woodblock print.

When the carving is complete, the printer takes the woodblocks made for each individual colour and prints onto the paper, one colour at a time, just as the original was created.

The printer prints the image onto handmade Japanese paper, and uses water-based pigment inks, exactly as the original woodblock print.


This ukiyoe is printed on Echizen kizuki hosho washi, a unique Japanese paper,  which has been handmade by Ichibei Iwano, a living national treasure.


The depth of the colours are clear and beautiful. Particularly lovely is the contrast between the lady's pale dove grey shell-pattern yukata, and the pure lemon background. The yukata swirls about her feet like water.


The darker green reed panel is in contrast to the vermilion detail on the lamp above her, which is reitereated in her hair ornament. It is a very lovely piece.



    Original colour woodblock reprint by Adachi, Tokyo.

    The art is vintage but is in excellent condition - there is one very small spot to the left of the image of the lamp.

    38.5 cm × 25.7 cm (not including border of approximately 4mm).


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