Yoshitoshi

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

1839-1892

Thirty-Two Aspects of Customs and Manners: no. 21, Eager, The Appearance of a Courtesan of the Kaei Period [1848-1854]
(Fuzoku sanjuniso: aitaso kaei nenkan oiran no fuzoku)

signed Yoshitoshi ga, with artist's seal Taiso, carver's seal hori Yu, and publisher's date and address seal Meiji nijuichinen, jugatsu, jugoka; Tokyo Nihonbashi Bakurocho Nichome 14-banchi, Tsunajima Kamekichi (Meiji 21 [1888], October 15) of Tsujiokaya Kamekichi of Kinkido

oban tate-e 14 1/2 by 10 1/8 in., 36.7 by 25.8 cm

A high-ranking courtesan stands bundled up in a deep red outer-kimono decorated with a traditional shibori (tie-dyed) pattern called asanoha which constrasts with striking grey and black 'buffalo-check' cuffs covering her hands. The asanoha pattern is repeated in blue at her collar, which pulled up to protect her neck from the early spring chill. Cherry blossom petals drift downward while wisps of hair blow in the breeze. Although the print title identifies her as an oirion, or high-ranking courtesan, she isn't wearing the resplendent finery associated with her position, rather, she is wearing her every-day clothes, along with an expression of eager anticipation in line with the alternate title for this print: 'Waiting to Meet Someone.'

References:
Roger Keyes, Courage and Silence, 1983, p. 483, no. 503.26 (alternately titled, 'Waiting to Meet Someone')
Eric van den Ing & Robert Schaap, Beauty and Violence, 1992, p. 140, no. 63.21 (alternately titled, 'Waiting to Meet')
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's Women, 1995, no. 21
Akita Museum of Modern Art, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi: The Last Ukiyo-e Artist of Genius, 1999, p. 46, no. 194

(inv. no. 10-5425)

price: $2,500

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