Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
Title: Looking Relaxed- appearance of a Kyoto geisha of the Kensei era
Size: Oban 9.25″ x 14.12″
Series: Fusoku Sanjuniso – Thirty-two Aspects of Daily Life (Customes and Manners)
Condition: Exceptionally fine impression of the first state with pristine color. Left margin trimmed, some soiling and a few natural paper flaws to upper left edge. Slight paper loss to lower left edge.
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Description: Yoshitoshi – The undisputed master of Meiji (1868-1912) period art. Yoshitoshi’s woodcuts are now ranked beside those of Hiroshige, Hokusai and his former master, Kuniyoshi. Yoshitoshi became a star pupil of Kuniyoshi at the young age of eleven and, in 1853, designed his first published woodcut print at age fourteen. Until 1860, Yoshitoshi’s art was influenced by the dominant Utagawa style, but after that date he broke out into a striking form of artistic expression that was all his own. Daring color combinations combined with dramatic and expressive postures began to lead the way, quickly influencing an entire era of Japanese art. This is all the more remarkable when one considers that through most of his life Yoshitoshi was continually afflicted with serious eye disorders and mental breakdowns. At the time of his death, Yoshitoshi’s fame was so widespread that he had over eighty recorded pupils.
Available: Unframed Museum Giclee