Before the Mirror
(Kagami no mae)
dated and signed, Showa shichinen, shigatsu (Showa 7 , 4th month), Hakuho ga, followed by artist's seal Haku, published by Watanabe Shozaburo, ca. 1932
dai oban tate-e 15 1/2 by 10 3/4 in., 39.37 by 27.31 cm
Born in Kyoto, Hirano Hyakuho was a self-taught Nihonga and ukiyo-e style painter known for his portrayals of beauties in gorgeous kimono. The publisher Watanabe Shozabruo issued five prints by Hakuho from 1932 to 1935, and included two in the 1936 show at the Toledo Museum of Art, Modern Japanese Prints: Woodblock Prints by Ten Artists of the Work of the Past Five Years. While three out of the five Watanabe prints depict women from behind, which naturally focuses our attention on the careful carving and printing of the pattern on their kimono, it was a nude composition, After a Bath, that sold out at the Toledo show.
Amy Reigle Stephens, gen. ed., The New Wave: Twentieth-Century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, 1993, p. 126, no. 127
Arnaud D'Hauterives, La nouvelle vague: L'estampe japonaise de 1868-1939 dans la Collection Robert O. Muller, Musée Marmottan, Institute de France, Académie des Beaux-Arts, 1994, p. 46, pl. 76 Amy Reigle Newland, and Hamanaka Shinji, The Female Image: 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties, 2000, p. 153, no. 209, and p. 208 (artist bio)
Chris Uhlenbeck, Amy Reigle Newland and Maureen de Vries, Waves of Renewal: Modern Japanese Prints, 1900-1960, Selections from the Nihon no hanga Collection, 2016, p. 113
(inv. no. 10-4025)
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