'Playing the Koto: Nagoya Woman of the Kôka Era (1844-48)'
Series 'Thirty-six Elegant Selections of Beauties'
This woodblock print depicts a woman playing the koto, a musical instrument. This series, considered Mizuno's best, was produced in 1891, and is a lifetime edition. The details on this matted and framed print are superb. Toshikata Mizuno was born on March 6, 1866 as Mizuno Kumejiro in Tokyo. When he was 13 years old, his father sent him to the printmaking school of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi. He was also apprenticed to a ceramic painter. Later Toshikata Mizuno was instructed in the traditional art of Japanese painting by Shibata Hoshu and Watanabe Seitei. P7092
Toshikata Mizuno (1866–1908) 'Playing the Koto: Nagoya Woman of the Kôka Era
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