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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892
Valor in China and Japan: Yang Guifei
(Wakan goki-zoroi: Yokihi)

signed Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi hitsu, with publisher's seal Daisada (Osada), carver's seal Hori Ushi, and combined censor and date seal Tatsu-shi, aratame (year of the dragon [1868], 4th lunar month, examined)
chuban tate-e 9 7/8 by 7 1/8 in., 25.2 by 18.1 cm
The Chinese beauty Yang Guifei (Jp. Yokihi, 719-756) stands beside large peony flowers. She was one of the Four Beauties of Ancient China, and is thought to have been a favored consort of the Emperor Xuanzong of Tang (685-762). Guifei was often said to be "prettier than a peony" and have a face which puts to shame even the most beautiful flower. Similarly, she was frequently depicted beside butterflies, often at grand parties on the grounds of the Imperial court.
Highlights of Japanese Printmaking: Part Five - Yoshitoshi, Scholten Japanese Art, New York, 2017, cat. no. 29
price: $ 950