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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892
A Collection of Desires: I Want to See My Face
(Mitate tai zukushi: Kao ga mitai)

signed oju Taiso Yoshitoshi, with artist's seal Yoshitoshi, publisher's seal shuppanjin Inoue Mohei, and date seal Meiji juichinen, ichigatsu, shika (Meiji 11 [1878], January 4)
oban tate-e 14 7/8 by 10 1/4 in., 37.8 by 26 cm
In the 1877-78 series, A Collection of Desires, Yoshitoshi, explores the everyday hopes and passions of women, ranging from personal wants or dreams to sharing a pleasure with someone. Some of the designs are focused on self-serving desires and weaknesses such as vanity.
The text is written by Takabatake Ransen (1838-1885), under the pen name Tentendo Shujin. Ransen was a popular writer, who worked for Tokyo nichinichi shinbun among other publications.
Roger Keyes, Courage and Silence, 1983, p. 424, no. 370.2
Philadelphia Museum of Art, accession no. 1989-47-46
price: $ 1,000