Itchy: the appearance of a kept woman in the Kaei era, No. 16

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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Itchy: the appearance of a kept woman in the Kaei era, No. 16 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Itchy: the appearance of a kept woman in the Kaei era, No. 16

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.

Itchy: the appearance of a kept woman in the Kaei era, No. 16 - This illustration shows a young woman who has found a wealthy benefactor who has established her in her own house. It is a hot summer's morning, and the girl glances at us drowsily as she emerges from beneath the mosquito net; the title "itchy" suggests that the netting has not quite done its job. Her hair is disheveled with a comb slipping out, and her loose cotton yukata has slipped off her shoulders, exposing her breasts. This is the most openly sensual design of the series, and a collector's favorite. Beautifully detailed.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Image Size - 14" x 9 3/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice color and detail. Backed with paper. No repairs. A few light creases and small spots.

Itchy: the appearance of a kept woman in the Kaei era, No. 16 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Itchy: the appearance of a kept woman in the Kaei era, No. 16 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)