Migita Toshihide, Carver, Sculpture of a Beautiful Woman, Supernatural


Artist: Migita Toshihide (1863-1925).
Title: The carver Hidari Jingoro admiring his sculpture of a beautiful woman
Series: Meiyo Juhachi ban (Eighteen Acts of Glory)
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Date: 1894
Size: (L) 36.2 x 24.1, (R) 36.1 x 24.1 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Hidari Jingoro was known as an artist of prodigious skill and stories of his genius abound in Japanese popular literature. According to one, he saw a woman of exceptional beauty and created a sculpture of her. Jingoro begins to drink in the company of the sculpture, and it begins to imitate his moves. When a mirror is placed before the sculpture, the woman's spirit comes to life.

Toshihide Migita (1862 - 1925)

Toshihide received his artistic name from his master, Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892). He designed a wide variety of prints including actor prints, bijin-ga (prints of beautiful women), newspaper illustrations, kuchi-e (illustrations for novels) and senso-e of the Sino-Japanese (1894-1895) and Russo-Japanese (1904-1905) Wars. From 1887, like many of the woodblock artists who were trying to adapt to changes in art and publishing, he worked as an illustrator for books and newspapers, including a long stint with the Asahi Shinbun starting in 1897.

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Print FormatDiptych
ArtistToshihide Migita (1862 - 1925)
SubjectBeauty & Female, Male & Female, Ghosts & Religion, Kimono Design
Size(L) 36.2 x 24.1, (R) 36.1 x 24.1 cm
Condition ReportSome oxidised areas, creases, minor spots and stains, vertical fold on the right margin of the left panel.
publisherAkiyama Buemon:1882-1920