Smoky: the appearance of a housewife of the Kyowa era, No. 6

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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Smoky: the appearance of a housewife of the Kyowa era, No. 6 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Smoky: the appearance of a housewife of the Kyowa era, No. 6

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.

Smoky: the appearance of a housewife of the Kyowa era, No. 6 - A graceful beauty and typical housewife depicted in a light summer robe with her hair pinned high. She is elegant, even in the fanning of the smoke from the fire to keep insects away, her eyes narrowed against the smoke as it drifts sinuously up into the sky. She wears lightweight summer robes and uses a fan patterned with symbols from the "Tale of Genji." Beautifully composed, and a favorite from the series for many collectors.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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

Condition - A clean print with nice color and detail. Backed with paper. No repairs. Light crease on face, a few creases and slight toning at edges.

Smoky: the appearance of a housewife of the Kyowa era, No. 6 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Smoky: the appearance of a housewife of the Kyowa era, No. 6 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)