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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: no. 59, In the Moonlight Under the Trees a Beautiful Woman Comes
(Tsuki hyakushi: getsumei rinka bijin majiru)

signed Yoshitoshi with artist's seal Taiso, engraver's mark Yamamoto, and published by Akiyama Buemon, ca. 1888
oban tate-e 13 7/8 by 9 1/2 in., 35.2 by 24.1 cm
This print represents a popular theme in Chinese and, later, Japanese painting: the Spirit of the Plum Tree (Rafusen in Japanese). After climbing the slopes of the sacred mountain Luofu in Southern China, the Sui dynasty poet Zhao Shixiong (589-618) takes a nap beneath a flowering plum tree. In a dream, he is visited by the nymph depicted in the composition, the Spirit of the Plum Tree, and upon awakening writes a poem about the encounter
Yoshitoshi acknowledges the origins of the story by depicting the spirit with Chinese attributes. The figure's double chin was a mark of feminine beauty during China's Tang period (618-907). Similarly, the juxtaposition between differently colored robes would have, from the perspective of a contemporary Japanese viewer, lent the figure an exotic quality.
Reference:
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 2001, cat. no. 59
price: $ 600