Inquisitive: the appearance of a maid of the Tempo era, No. 13

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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Inquisitive: the appearance of a maid of the Tempo era, No. 13 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Inquisitive: the appearance of a maid of the Tempo era, No. 13

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.

Inquisitive: the appearance of a maid of the Tempo era, No. 13 - A delightful print of a young maid from a samurai household. Young women from wealthy merchant families often worked at a samurai household for a few years to learn good manners. She peers from behind two reed curtains used in summer to replace solid doors, smiling happily. The girl is elegantly dressed in a lavender kimono decorated with morning glories, one of Yoshitoshi's favorite patterns. The black obi features a striking black-on-black burnished pattern of peonies, the white kimono collar, red under robe, and red sash are delicately embossed. A beautiful portrait.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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

Condition - Nice color and detail. Backed with paper. No repairs.

Inquisitive: the appearance of a maid of the Tempo era, No. 13 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Inquisitive: the appearance of a maid of the Tempo era, No. 13 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Inquisitive: the appearance of a maid of the Tempo era, No. 13 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)