Japanese Woodblock Prints

Looking Smokey – appearance of housewife of Kyowa era


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Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
Title: Looking Undecided – appearance of a proprieties of the Kaei era
Circa: 1888
Size: Oban 10″ x 15.25″
Series: Fusoku Sanjuniso – Thirty-two Aspects of Daily Life (Customes and Manners)
Condition: Very fine First Edition as indicated by the tricolor cartouche. Unusual untrimmed full margins, very strong color, original album backing, light soiling, light vertical crease right edge.
Description: The appearance of a housewife of the Kyowa era is the 6th in the series and is considered the masterpiece of the series. It shows a housewife of upper or middle class gracefully fanning a smoldering fire of dried plants to keep away mosquitoes.
Price: $3600 for Original w/unframed giclee, $150 giclee unframed

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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.

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