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Yoshitoshi
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892
Morning Separation in the Pleasure Quarter
(Karine no kinuginu)

signed Gyokuo Yoshitoshi ga with artist's Kiri seal, publisher's seal Jin (Maruya Jinpachi of Tokokudo), and with combined censor and date seal Saru-ju, aratame (year of the monkey [1860], 10th lunar month, examined)
oban tate-e triptych 14 5/8 by 29 5/8 in., 37.1 by 75.1 cm
This rare triptych is an early composition by Yoshitoshi which he designed at the age of twenty-one while he still was working in the atelier of his teacher Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). As opposed to his later designs, which present the development of Yoshitoshi's unique stylistic impulses, this classic depiction of bijin in the Utagawa style is particularly reminiscent of the work of Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III, 1786-1865). The two women in the left and center sheets in varying stages of deshabille are courtesans finishing up with their clients. On the verandah, a maid assists a customer with his haori as he prepares to depart, and beyond the balcony we see blossoming cherry trees which indicates they are on the second floor of a house of assignation facing the central Nakanocho street in the Yoshiwara pleasure district.
Published:
Highlights of Japanese Printmaking: Part Five - Yoshitoshi, Scholten Japanese Art, New York, 2017, cat. no. 1
References:
Roger Keyes, Courage and Silence, 1983, p. 345, no. 30
Akita Museum of Modern Art, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi: The Last Ukiyo-e Artist of Genius, 1999, p. 40, no. 153
Amy Reigle Newland & Chris Uhlenbeck, Yoshitoshi: Masterpieces from the Ed Fries Collection, 2011, pp. 10-12 (re: career)
Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi: 120th Memorial Retrospective, 2012, p. 21, no. 6
price: Sold