A Collection of Desires - Yoshitoshi's "A Collection of Desires" series features charming scenes of beauties going about their daily routines. Each design illustrates a desire or wish, emphasizing the mood or emotion of each woman at that particular moment. The figures are beautifully drawn with fine line work in the expressive faces and hairstyles, and careful attention to the clothing and settings. These attractive subjects are much rarer than Yoshitoshi's "Thirty-two Aspects of Women" prints from a decade later. Hardly ever seen on the market, these handsome first edition designs are a nice complement to Yoshitoshi's more well known bijin series.
I Want to See My Face, 1878 - Lovely Yoshitoshi portrait of a beauty sitting before a mirror on a stand, smiling happily as she contemplates her reflection, her open lips revealing tiny, even white teeth. She wears an intricately patterned blue checked kimono over a red under robe with a purple tie-dyed collar, her hair pulled back into a smooth bun adorned with a few hairpins. The title of this print is also translated as "I Want to See a Kabuki Play" or "I Want to Look Pretty." An intriguing subject from this interesting and rarely seen series.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 14" x 9 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Horizontal centerfold. Slight soiling, creasing, and rubbing. Please see photos for details.
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