Goyo Hashiguchi, Woman Applying Make-up, Shin Hanga

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Goyo Hashiguchi (1880-1921)
Title: Woman Applying Make-up
Date: Originally published 1918
Dimensions: 39.4 x 53.5 cm
Condition: Slight discolouration from previous mounting. Some areas of mica abraded. Horizontal crease mark. Small tear on top margin. Some creases. Paper partially thinned. Minor foxing.

Holding a decorated mirror, a young lady leisurely applies oshiroi makeup. Diluted with water, she layers the white makeup on her upper body with a fine brush. Combined with the silver mica background, gold mica powder coats her ring and the design of her mirror to luxurious effect. The daisies on her draped kimono are embossed, whilst her skin is left unprinted, standing in relief against the peachy coloured pigment of her lips and shadows. The incorporation of shading in the woodblock print medium would have undoubtedly given the design a rather modern feel for Goyo's contemporaries.

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Artist Name Goyo Hashiguchi
Title Woman Applying Make-up
Subject Beauty & Female, Modern/Shin-Hanga
Dimensions 39.4 x 53.5 cm