Original Kiyochika (1847 - 1915) Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty Performing Dressed as a Samurai
Series: Foundations of Morality and Success
Kyodo Risshi no Motoi
Foundations of Morality and Success - Many artists created designs for this long-running newspaper series depicting both contemporary and historical heroes and heroines. These exemplary individuals were thought to embody values to both inspire and encourage readers. The series was published by Heikichi Matsuki of the Daikokuya publishing firm, a company established in 1763 and known for its high quality woodblock designs. Daikokuya commissioned leading artists of the day, such as Yoshitoshi, Toshikata, Kiyochika, and Kunichika, to create these wonderful designs. Beautifully detailed with fine line work and soft shading, these great Meiji era prints were singled out for recognition by the Japanese government when the series was completed in 1890 for encompassing such uplifting and noble subjects. First edition prints feature a patterned border in a variety of colors, while the 1902 edition has plain paper borders. A fascinating series and a great choice for a collector interested in life in late 19th century Japan.
Beauty Performing Dressed as a Samurai - Intriguing image of a beauty on stage, dressed as a samurai with two swords at her side. Her hair is pulled back into a high bun, a white sash tied around her forehead with tails trailing down over her back. Her red kimono features a design of blooming iris, and she carries a folding fan. Members of the audience applaud on the lower level, while the patrons in the boxes above seem solemn, one man wiping his eye with the heel of his hand. An interesting and unusual vantage point, nicely detailed.
Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 9 1/8" + left margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Folds at corners. A few small holes, repaired. Slight toning, creasing at edges. Please see photos for details.