Cool: the appearance of a geisha in the fifth or sixth year of Meiji, No. 24

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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Cool: the appearance of a geisha in the fifth or sixth year of Meiji, No. 24 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Cool: the appearance of a geisha in the fifth or sixth year of Meiji, No. 24

Series; Thirty-Two Aspects of Women (Fuzoku sanjuniso)
Yoshitoshi Beauties Exhibition

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 portraits 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. Elegant fabrics are beautifully rendered, and hairstyles and facial features are drawn with the most delicate of lines. The series was beautifully printed using deluxe techniques, such as soft 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 masterworks of Yoshitoshi's career.

Cool: the appearance of a geisha in the fifth or sixth year of Meiji, No. 24 - Charming design of a young geisha seated in a pleasure boat, a cool evening breeze gently blowing loose strands of hair across her face. A red paper lantern with a plum design hangs overhead, a typical sign of a pleasure boat. She wears a very thin summer robe, her breasts discernible beneath the diaphanous fabric, creating a very sensual design. Beautifully printed with fine detail on the hair and robe. A fantastic image from the series, one of Yoshitoshi's great beauty subjects.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 9 1/2" + top margin as shown

Condition - A clean print with nice color and detail. Backed with paper. No repairs.

Cool: the appearance of a geisha in the fifth or sixth year of Meiji, No. 24 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Cool: the appearance of a geisha in the fifth or sixth year of Meiji, No. 24 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)