Streetwalker in Autumn Moonlight

by Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880)

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Streetwalker in Autumn Moonlight by Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880)

Original Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
Streetwalker in Autumn Moonlight

100 Aspects of the Moon (Tsuki hyakushi)
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One Hundred Aspects of the Moon - Considered his masterwork, Yoshitoshi's series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon features one hundred oban size woodblocks, published between 1885 and 1892. These quiet and reflective prints, beautifully composed and drawn, feature subjects from traditional Japanese and Chinese history and legend, rendered with great sensitivity and emotion. The moon appears in all but a few prints, providing a unifying motif for the series.

Yoshitoshi's innovative designs for the Moon series are often elegantly spare, with simple backgrounds that focus attention on the human figure. He combines the western influences of realism and perspective with qualities from traditional Japanese and Chinese painting, such as the emphasis on calligraphic brushstroke. The figures are carefully drawn with beautiful linework, conveying a real sense of individual character, gesture, and emotion. Special printing techniques such as embossing and burnishing add a sumptuous touch where appropriate, but simple subjects are conveyed in a likewise manner, no less carefully observed.

Prints from the series were released singly or in groups every few months, with the final image completed shortly before Yoshitoshi's death. The series proved tremendously popular, with patrons lining up to purchase the new releases as soon as they became available. Today, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon remains Yoshitoshi's most well-known work, characterized by his artistry, compassion, and sensitivity in portraying the human experience.

Streetwalker in Autumn Moonlight - Wistful scene of a streetwalker by the riverside, clutching her headscarf between her teeth to keep the wind from blowing it away. She wanders along the river bank, a straw mat tucked under her arm, as misty clouds drift across the softly glowing full moon. She wears a black kimono trimmed with gold, her red under robe and purple print obi adding accents of bright color. A handsome design, nicely composed with beautiful shading on the water and sky, and delicate embossing on the scarf.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880)

Image Size - 12 7/8" x 8 3/4"

Condition - A nice clean print. Backed with paper.

Streetwalker in Autumn Moonlight by Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Streetwalker in Autumn Moonlight by Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880)

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