by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Series; Thirty-Two Aspects of Women (Fuzoku sanjuniso)
Yoshitoshi's Thirty-two Aspects of Women - Yoshitoshi's finest series of bijin-ga, or pictures of beautiful women, Thirty-two Aspects of Women features illustrations of beauties in a lighthearted reference to the thirty-two notable features of Buddha. The women depicted come from all social classes, representing beauties from the late 18th century through Yoshitoshi's own time.
Each design captures a woman in a scene from daily life, realistically and sensitively portrayed as individuals rather than idealized figures. Sumptuous fabrics are beautifully rendered, and hairstyles and facial features are drawn with the most delicate of lines. The series was beautifully printed using the most costly techniques, such as delicate bokashi shading, embossing, and burnishing, creating some of the finest prints of the Meiji era.
Thirty-two Aspects proved popular with the public when first published, and has been appreciated by viewers and collectors ever since. Designs in this fantastic series are some of the most highly sought after woodblocks of the Meiji era, and are certainly considered great masterworks of Yoshitoshi's career.
Hot: the appearance of a wealthy housewife in the Bunsei era, No. 8 - One of the most unusual and fascinating prints in the series, a beautiful woman is being treated with "moxa" pellets of slow burning material that operate on a principle similar to acupuncture. This is a painful process and can leave scars, but was considered both healing and cleansing. There is an erotic overtone to the design in that her entire back is exposed and her grimace in pain has suggestive overtones. A fantastic and famous Yoshitoshi print with beautiful detail in the rich kimono fabrics and the simulated burl wood grain of the covered hibachi she leans over.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few light creases. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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