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Thirty-two Aspects Of Customs And Manners: Observant, A Kyoto Waitress In The Meiji Era by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Thirty-two Aspects Of Customs And Manners: Observant, A Kyoto Waitress In The Meiji Era
by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Available at Scholten Japanese Art

1888

Prints

Woodblock

Edition Size: n/a

Sheet Size: 37.4 by 25.1 cm

Signed

Condition: Excellent

$2800.00

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signed Yoshitoshi ga, with artist’s seal Taiso, carver’s seal horiko Yokichi, and publisher’s date and address seal Meiji nijuichinen, gogatsu, jugoka; Tokyo Nihonbashi Bakurocho Nichome 14-banchi, Tsunajima Kamekichi (Meiji 21 [1888], May 15) of Tsujiokaya Kamekichi of Kinkido

oban tate-e 14 3/4 by 9 7/8 in., 37.4 by 25.1 cm

A Kyoto waitress removes her metal hairpin to trim candle wax from a collapsible paper lantern. She is a fine example of ‘okigatsukiso, or ‘observant’. She appears focused on her task, but seems oblivious to the fact that her kimono and underrobe are half open. Perhaps she is a bit too preoccupied with the lantern and has forgotten to be mindful of her overall demeanor. A dusting of mica in the black area of the sky creates the effect of a starry night.

Published:
Highlights of Japanese Printmaking: Part Five – Yoshitoshi, Scholten Japanese Art, New York, 2017, cat. no. 98

References:
Roger Keyes, Courage and Silence, 1983, p. 483, no. 503.21
Shinichi Segi, Yoshitoshi the Splendid Decadent, 1985, p. 93, no. 103.24
Eric van den Ing & Robert Schaap, Beauty and Violence, 1992, p. 140, no. 63.25
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi’s Women, 1995. no. 25
Akita Museum of Modern Art, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi: The Last Ukiyo-e Artist of Genius, 1999, p. 44, no. 179
Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Yoshitoshi: 32 Aspects of Women and 100 Aspects of the Moon, 2009, p. 16, no. 1.25

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