This 162 Years old R. Are & Certified 1860s Utagawa Kunikazu Japanese Wood Block Print called "Imabashi" Bridge From 100 Views of Naniwa (Osaka). Certificate of Authenticity and guaranteed by Matsushita Associates Inc.
This is NOT a Reprint or Reproduction. Note: The Certificate states Kunisada (Typo), it should be Kunikazu. Kunisada was the Teacher of Kunikazu see Artist.
The same Original Japanese Woodblock Print is also owned by The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston USA. I bought this 162 Years old beautiful original Japanese Wood Block Print back in September 2016, in Shibuya (Omotesando) Tokyo Japan in the small shop of Matshushita Associates Inc inside the Oriental Bazaar. Mat Board & Wood Block Print --> approx. Wood Block Print --> approx. Japanese Woodblock Print Original vs Reprints vs Reproduction.
Prints made during an artist's lifetime from the earliest (original) blocks whose designs were cut from block sketches based on the artist's original drawings. Prints made from the original blocks at various times after the first or earliest editions. "Reprintings" are synonymous with "restrikes" or reissues. A copy made from recut blocks based on the original design."Reproductions" are synonymous with copies. Bio of the famous Woodblock Artist. Was born around 1830 (died in 1919). He had a famous teacher, the ukiyo-e artist. Who at his time was considered the best.
Best or not, Kunisada was quite successful and maintained a huge studio with many young students who may have produced a large number of the designs that were published under Kunisada's name. Most of Kunikazu's output were actor and kabuki theater.
But he made also a few landscape series. One is titled Hundred Views of Naniwa - Naniwa Hyakkei. Naniwa is another name for Osaka. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Prints".The seller is "interesting_finds4sale" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.