Chikanobu, Relaxed Time, High-ranking Ladies in the Tokugawa Era

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Artist: Chikanobu Yoshu (1838-1912)
Title: Noble Ladies Having a Relaxed Time from the series of High-ranking Ladies in the Tokugawa Era
Publisher: Hasegawa Tsunejiro
Date: c. 1895
Condition: Discolouration. Minor spots.
Size: (R) 23.5 x 35.8 cm (C) 23.6 x 35.8 cm (L) 23.6 x 35.8 cm

 

In triptychs depicting Court Ladies, Chikanobu focuses on the day to day activities of the women who resided in the secluded palace. As a ‘beauty’ series, the focus is on the women and their clothes, with detailed patterned kimonos being a prominent feature of many of the prints. The ladies of the palace are depicted in a wide range of situations and activities, from writing poetry, to watching the cherry blossom, even to combat training, as it was required for the ladies of a castle to be able to defend their home as a last resort. 

 

Here, noble ladies dressed in elaborately designed kimono enjoy their idle hours. A thin, decorated curtain separates them from the eyes of men and outsiders.
Apart from the woodblock prints depicting pleasure quarters, scenic views or kabuki actors, Chikanobu is the author of countless prints of court ladies or women in the inner-palace. With the arrival of the Meiji era, Chikanobu became nostalgic about the disappearing world of Tokugawa. Thus, throughout the 1890s, he created various prints supporting traditional values and cultural aspects of the past period.

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Artist Name Chikanobu Yoshu
Title Noble Ladies Having a Relaxed Time from the series of High-ranking Ladies in the Tokugawa Era
Subject Beauty & Female, Kimono Design
Condition Report Discolouration. Minor spots.
Dimensions (R) 23.5 x 35.8 cm (C) 23.6 x 35.8 cm (L) 23.6 x 35.8 cm
Series High-ranking Ladies of the Tokugawa Era