Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Observant: the appearance of a Kyoto waitress in the Meiji era, No. 25
Series; Thirty-Two Aspects of Women
Premium First Edition printing with 3 color cartouche
- Yoshitoshi's finest series of bijin-ga or pictures of beautiful women, "Thirty-two Aspects of Women" features portraits of beauties in a lighthearted reference to the thirty-two notable features of Buddha. The women depicted come from all social classes, representing beauties from the late 18th century through Yoshitoshi's own time.
Each design captures a woman in a scene from daily life, realistically and sensitively portrayed as individuals rather than idealized figures. Elegant fabrics are beautifully rendered, and hairstyles and facial features are drawn with the most delicate of lines. The series was beautifully printed using deluxe techniques, such as soft bokashi shading, embossing, and burnishing, creating some of the finest prints of the Meiji era.
"Thirty-two Aspects" proved popular with the public when first published, and has been appreciated by viewers and collectors ever since. Designs in this fantastic series are some of the most highly sought after woodblocks of the Meiji era, and are certainly considered masterworks of Yoshitoshi's career.
This print comes from the first edition printing of this series, notable for the three color cartouche in the upper corner of each design. Later editions had only one or two colors. First edition prints, especially those in fine condition, are highly sought after by collectors.
Observant: the appearance of a Kyoto waitress in the Meiji era, No. 25 - A wonderful summer scene in a Kyoto restaurant, the bamboo blinds rolled up to take advantage of the cool evening breeze. The young waitress has noticed an untrimmed candle wick in one of the paper lanterns, and she busily takes out a metal hairpin to adjust it. Her loosely worn summer kimono features a large palm leaf pattern, beautifully reproducing the original brushstrokes and subtle gradations of Yoshitoshi's design. Her elaborate hairstyle is very finely detailed and the sky is softly shaded with a dusting of mica.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 9 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Backed with somewhat stiff paper. A few small wormholes, repaired. A few tiny spots, slight ink bleeding. Please see photos for details.