Frozen: the appearance of a Fukagawa Nakamachi geisha in the Tempo era, No. 11

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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Frozen: the appearance of a Fukagawa Nakamachi geisha in the Tempo era, No. 11 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Frozen: the appearance of a Fukagawa Nakamachi geisha in the Tempo era, No. 11

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.

Frozen: the appearance of a Fukagawa Nakamachi geisha in the Tempo era, No. 11 - An attractive young geisha raises her umbrella against a snowstorm as she makes her way to work in the eastern section of Edo. She wears three layers of kimono against the cold, the outer robe appropriately patterned with a hail pattern. A charming print with a sense of the cold blowing wind as her robes billow in the breeze and wisps of her fly about her face. A lovely portrait of a spirited beauty, beautifully detailed with an embossed pattern on the white kimono collar.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Image Size - 14" x 9 1/4" + margins as shown

Condition - A clean print with nice color and detail. Backed with paper. No repairs, light toning at edges.

Frozen: the appearance of a Fukagawa Nakamachi geisha in the Tempo era, No. 11 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Frozen: the appearance of a Fukagawa Nakamachi geisha in the Tempo era, No. 11 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)