Original woodblock print, from 'Kyōsai rakuga' ō 斎 楽 画 (Kyōsai's Drawings for Pleasure) - Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) - Meiji 14 (1881)

Description
Original woodblock print, from 'Kyōsai rakuga' ō 斎 楽 画 (Kyōsai's Drawings for Pleasure) - Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) - Meiji 14 (1881)
Good condition, see description

Original woodblock print from 'Kyōsai rakuga' 暁斎楽画 (Kyōsai's Drawings for Pleasure) - Kawanabe Kyosai (1831–1889) - Meiji 14 (1881)

Colour woodblock print by Kawanabe Kyōsai 河鍋暁斎 (1831–1889).

From 'Kyōsai rakuga' 暁斎楽画 (Kyōsai's Drawings for Pleasure).

Colour woodblock print on very thin paper.

Meiji 14 (1881).

Page size: 22.2 x 28.3 cm.

Condition: page with a fold in the middle. Vertical edges of the page are slightly discoloured in the margin. A dog-ear in the bottom-left corner of the page. A folded tear in the bottom of the page. Other than that, the print is in good condition.

The lot will be packaged with care and sent by insured post with Track & Trace.

(Kyōsai rakuga) 'Perhaps the finest of the artist's illustrated books, combining elements that are Chinese, Japanese, Western and Kyōsai. The thin Chinese-style paper, translucent colouring and occasional 'boneless' (...without outline) printing are reminiscent of Chinese colour printed albums... The sense of acutely observed nature (...) and drama has elements of Western realism. (...) have an energy and eccentricity that could only be Kyōsai.' (Timothy Clark, Demon of painting The art of Kawanabe Kyōsai, page 144)

Lot details
Object
from 'Kyōsai rakuga' ō 斎 楽 画 (Kyōsai's Drawings for Pleasure), Original woodblock print
Material
Ink, Paper
Period
Meiji 14 (1881)
Region/ Country of origin
Japan
Artist/ Maker
Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889)
Condition
Good condition, see description
Dimensions
22.2×28.3×0.1 cm
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