Excerpt from 150 Rare Japanese Color Prints: Collected by Professor John Getz, New York City; To Be Sold by His Order, Wednesday Evening, January Fourteenth at Eight-Fifteen
It was not until near the close of the seventeenth century that the costly painted scrolls, emanating chieﬂy from artists of the Mikado’s Court, were supplemented by something within the reach of the less wealthy classes. This field was opened up by lioronobu with his simple black prints that were sometimes colored by hand. Later came the Urushi-y or lacquer prints, when lacquer was mixed with the pig ments to give added brilliancy. After these came the first true color prints, done by’masanobu in two colors (red and green), called beni - y . These were improved upon by Harunobu, who designed his work for more than two color-blocks; under his guidance and that of Shunsho, the art of color printing was brought to perfection.
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