Shunsen Katsukawa, Lovers Osome and Hisamitsu, Hashira-e

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Artist: Katsukawa Shunsen (1782 - c. 1830)
Title: Bust Portrait of Lovers Osome and Hisamitsu
Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei
Date: c. 1806 - 1820
Size: 67.4 x 13 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Hashira-e, or pillar prints, is a narrow print format originally intended for decoration of the supporting pillars in traditional Japanese houses. The prints would have been pasted to the pillars and exposed to the elements of the Japanese household, making those that have survived very rare collectibles. While these more unusual sizes present their own challenges to the printing process, they also allow the artist to be experimental, imaginative, and innovative with the design’s compositional limitations.

Subjects range from the traditional portrayals of bijin (beautiful women), to legendary figures and heroes, to birds and flowers, in a limited space brimming with artistic imagination and expression.

More Information
Print Format Hashira-e (Pillar Print)
Artist Name Shunsen Katsukawa
Title Bust Portrait of Lovers Osome and Hisamitsu
Subject Male & Female
Dimensions 67.4 x 13 cm
Condition Report Pinholes, thinning on the top of the bottom panel, light tears on the top panel, wear and soiling.

Shunsen Katsukawa