Summer: Women Bathing at the Daishoro Flower Garden in Nezu, 1883 - Lovely triptych of women bathing at the Daishoro, a brothel in the Nezu district of Tokyo, here poetically called a flower garden. The courtesan at right combs her wet hair as she reads a love letter, smiling happily to herself as she looks down. Her pale blue kimono patterned with pink blossoms and green leaves is loosely wrapped about her, tied with a pink obi. Her companion in the center looks up with interest as she dries her foot with a light blue towel, a small cloth bag hanging from a red cord between her teeth. The seated beauty at left pats her face with a blue cloth, a fan in her hand. Behind them, two other women soak in a hot tub, delicate wisps of steam rising up from the hot water. The courtesans are Kagetsu, Yoneju, Nakagawa, and Shingaku. Rustic wooden beams run overhead, and the window at right overlooks a pine tree. An oval plaque with writing on it hangs above the window, the black background burnished to a soft sheen. A wonderful image, beautifully detailed with fine line work in the hair and soft bokashi shading. A rare and beautiful Yoshitoshi triptych offering a charming look at courtesans in a private moment.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 27 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with somewhat stiff paper. Small C-shaped tear, repaired. Slight curling, a few creases and spots. Please see photos for details.