Yoshikawa Kanpo, Maiko, Kimono Pattern
Artist: Yoshikawa Kanpo (1894-1979)
Title: Maiko Admiring the Moon
Publisher: Sato Shotaro
Dimensions: 27.6 x 47.7 cm
Original Japanese woodblock print.
Yoshikawa Kanpo is a Kyoto-born ukiyo-e artist whose Shin Hanga (new prints) were enormously successful. His publisher, Sato Shotaro, was in constant competition with Tokyo-based Watanabe Shozaburo but never quite reached the same level of output. Aside from being an accomplished woodblock print artist, Yoshikawa was a notable scholar with an interest in traditional Edo culture such as kabuki theatre, music, and of course ukiyo-e. In his later life, he devoted himself wholly to writing about these topics and only designed prints on commission.
In this print, a maiko (apprentice geisha) gazes at the moon, which is invisible to the viewer. The colour of her kimono perfectly mimics the hues of the night sky.
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Subject||Beauty & Female, Kimono Design|
|Size||27.6 x 47.7 cm|