by Hashiguchi Goyo (1880 - 1921)
Commemorative Goyo Prints - With the permission of Goyo's heirs, a couple of small commemorative runs of his prints were produced by two venerable publishers - Yuyudo & Tanseisha. These reprints were produced to the same exacting standard of Goyo's originals. Expert carvers were contracted to produce the highest quality wood blocks and printers meticulously reprinted Goyo's originals with the same attention to quality and detail. These reprints are on beautiful, hand made paper printed with the same colors and mica detail as Goyo's originals.
Hashiguchi Goyo, 20th century master - Hashiguchi Goyo is one of the most famous and admired artists of 20th century Japanese woodblocks. He is sometimes referred to as the "Taisho Utamaro" as his incredible designs of women reached heights never seen again in 20th century woodblock prints. 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 wood 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 and sell in the $8,000 - $10,000 range and often much higher.
Beauty in a Long Undergarment, 1920 - A jewel of the 20th century print period, this Goyo masterpiece is one of his most well known images. The young beauty is shown dressing after a bath. The long narrow format of this print accentuates her slender figure. In this print, the pale background is printed with a shimmering mica ink just like the original, the cotton kimono printed with a subtle embossed pattern- both fantastic effects. A wonderful print that captures the essence of Goyo’s genius, considered a Japanese woodblock masterpiece.
Signed - Goyo-ga
Seal - "Go" with leaf pattern
Publisher - Tanseisha
Carver/Printer - Uetani/Suzuki
Image size - 5 1/4" x 18 1/2" (+ full margins)
Sheet size - 7 3/8" x 19 3/4"
Condition - Excellent condition. Excellent color, perfectly emulating Goyo's original No fading, fine linework, rivaling the first edition Goyo prints. Minor spot in margin. This print has been stored only, never framed.