Furisode (Beautiful woman with Kimono)

Keiichi Takasawa

1988

Very rare Bijin woodblock print "Furisode"(Beautiful woman with Kimono) is by Keiichi Takasawa. Japanese title "Furisode" (Beautiful woman with Kimono), artist name "Keiichi Takasawa", Publisher name "Bijutsu no taiga", Carver name "Tosai Katsuragawa", and printer name "Yasuo Matsunaga" Furisode holds a special meaning; it refers to the kimono that women wear before marriage. Furisode consists of long, drapey sleeves, in contrast to the traditional kimono with short sleeves (after marriage). Beautiful colors and contrast. Very feminine and elegant modern nude print. The title, Furisode refers to the kimono behind the woman. Although the woman is the main focus of the print, the furisode in the background still holds its dominance. This is why the print has the title, Furisode. 

Technique: Woodblock
Print size: 16 and 5/8 x 20 and 1/8 inches (42.2 x 51.2 cm)
Image size: 15 and 1/8 x 17 and 3/4 inches (38.5 x 45 cm)
Sheet number: E.A (Epreuve d’artiste) It means Artist's proof
Date: N/A
Signed: Block signed with red seal 
Condition: Excellent condition. Faintest ink spot on the lower right corner margin. Natural paper wrinkle on the edge of the paper.  Minor paper scuff on the lower left corner edge on verso.