Dutch Woman and Chinese Man, 1860

by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

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Dutch Woman and Chinese Man, 1860 by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

Original Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
Dutch Woman and Chinese Man, 1860

Yokohama-e - Yokohama-e are prints depicting foreigners in Yokohama after Japan was opened to trade with the West the 1850s. Previously, Japan had been closed to international trade with only a few strict exceptions, leading to curiosity among the Japanese about the new foreign arrivals and their strange clothing and customs. Many Yokohama-e designs featured people from the "Five Nations," the five countries that signed trade treaties with Japan in 1858: America, England, the Netherlands, Russia, and France. Others were fanciful depictions of foreign cities, often based on Western illustrations rather than direct observation. These prints proved popular, with hundreds of Yokohama-e published between 1859 and about 1880. These wonderful images provide a great look at this historic time period, using the traditional art form of Japanese woodblock prints to record a new subject.

Comments - Great portrait of foreigners in Yokohama. A Chinese man sits in a wicker chair, chatting animatedly to a young Dutch woman. He wears a blue floral jacket that buttons down the front over full gray pants, his pigtail trailing over his back. The beauty is dress in a blue blouse with a ruffled pink collar, tucked into a green and rust striped full hoop skirt. Her hair is pulled back into a mass of curls at the back of her neck. An oil lamp with a glass globe rests on the small table at right, with a box of matches nearby. A handsome design.

Artist - Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

Image Size - 14" x 9 5/8" + top margin as shown

Condition - Good detail. A couple small losses and thinning areas, repaired.

Dutch Woman and Chinese Man, 1860 by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Dutch Woman and Chinese Man, 1860 by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

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