Customs and Manners of Women - Handsome design from Gekko's classic beauty series "The Customs and Manners of Women". Published in the 1890s, these prints are a window into the daily lives of women in Japan. Beauties are shown engaged in all manner of activities - enjoying a garden, arranging flowers, practicing an instrument, and serving tea. Produced in the Meiji era when Westernization was sweeping Japan, these prints idealize the traditional lifestyles of women in Japan that were beginning to disappear. Gekko's prints are a unique union of traditional elements and a modern artistic sensibility. These fine portraits have a distinct sense of personality and the beautiful settings reflect traditional landscape and architecture, with soft colors against light backgrounds.
Special detail - Burnishing on the black lacquer tray, embossing on the white kimono collars and the white domed basket at left, allover dusting of mica.
Artist - Gekko (1859 - 1920)
Image Size - 12 3/4" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with good color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Slight creasing. Some prints have a few spots or stains. Please see photos for details.