The Woodblock Print
A small woodblock print measuring 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, it is in suprisingly good condition. Strong colors and bleed-through, intact margins, no signs of foxing or discoloration. Minor signs of tipping on the verso in the top corners. “Made in Japan” stamp on the verso.
About the Artist
Uehara Konen was born in the Asakusa district of Tokyo. He was a student of the painter Kajita Hanko (1870-1917) and of Matsumoto Fuko (1840-1923), who was the uncle of Takashi Shotei. Konen initially published his prints with Kobayashi Bunshichi, a ukiyo-e dealer who collected privately and also published reproductions. Konen produced a great number of prints with Kobayashi, the lyrical subjects apparently intended to suit the tastes of buyers of classic ukiyo-e. Unfortunately, Kobayashi’s shop and legendary collection of ukiyo-e were destroyed in the fires following the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. As a result of the earthquake and fires, impressions of Konen’s pre-earthquake prints are scarce.