Hashiguchi Goyo, 20th-century Master - Hashiguchi Goyo is one of the most famous and admired Japanese woodblock print artists of the 20th century. His incredible shin hanga portrayals of beautiful women are considered the finest beauty portraits of the 20th century. Sensitively and gracefully drawn, these images were also masterfully carved and printed to the artist's exacting standards in his own studio, under Goyo's direct supervision. Therefore, very few prints were made of each design, with small editions usually numbering fewer than eighty prints per subject. His designs were also lavishly printed, many with extensive shimmering mica backgrounds.
Goyo died unexpectedly in 1921 at age 41. His output was, therefore, very limited and his prints are incredibly rare. Goyo's prints were done before the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. The devastation of the earthquake hit the woodblock print artists and publishers very hard and many prints and blocks were destroyed in the quake and ensuing fires. Original Goyo prints are some of the most sought after woodblock print images in the market today due to their rarity and great beauty.
Beauty Applying Powder, 1918 - Without question, this is the most grand of Goyo’s portraits. This incredible masterpiece is one of the most important works of Japanese art in the 20th century. Clearly an homage to the works of the great Utamaro, Goyo has managed to capture the innocent allure of this young beauty in a private moment applying powder to her neck. She wears a red tie-dyed kimono with an olive green collar patterned with white flowers and golden yellow leaves, the flower petals detailed with delicate embossing. She looks down at a small mirror, absorbed in her reflection and her task, her hair loosely pulled back into a knot with soft wisps framing her face. Delicate pink tones beneath the eyes and lips, and along the edges of the fingers add a sense of warmth and transparency to the skin. The edge of the mirror and her finger ring are detailed with shimmering gold mica, and the background features a subtle, pearlescent white mica that sets off the figure beautifully.
This is a beautiful masterwork of Japanese art. This original print is extremely rare and highly collectible. If you have always wanted own this Goyo masterwork, this is an excellent opportunity.
Signature - Goyo ga
Seal - Goyo
Date - 1918 (Taisho 7)
Artist - Hashiguchi Goyo (1880 - 1921)
Image Size - 20" x 14 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with beautiful condition and full margins, and an excellent mica background. The print is not backed. One hundred percent color retention with no fading. No foxing as is sometimes found on this subject. No soiling. Very small, almost imperceptible mark beneath the powder brush. No other issues to note. Very fine for this design.