Goyo Hashiguchi, Woman in a Long Undergarment, Shin Hanga
Original Japanese woodblock print.
Artist: Goyo Hashiguchi (1880-1921)
Title: Woman in a Long Undergarment
Dimensions: 14.7 x 49.2 cm
Condition: Some creases and mica abraded. Backed. Slight fading and discolouring due to previous mounting.
Loose, languid lines mark this design in the traditional hashira-e [lit. pillar pictures] format. Falling out of fashion throughout the nineteenth century, Goyo revives the form in order to enunciate the slender and elegant figure of his model Kodaira Tomi. The strong flowing outlines of the draped robe hark back to the woodblock prints of Utamaro Kikugawa (1753-1806), the recognised master of the bijin-ga (portraits of beautiful women) genre. The kimono has been embossed, patterned with stippled butterflies and flowers. The summer theme is in contrast with the melancholic tint or fatigue in Tomi's eyes, as she looks downwards vacantly. The textural richness of the mica background against the subdued colour palettes of beige and pastel green provides the whole vignette with a feel of unaffected grace and tranquility.
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Artist Name||Goyo Hashiguchi|
|Title||Woman in a Long Undergarment|
|Subject||Beauty & Female, Shunga Erotica, Modern/Shin-Hanga|
|Dimensions||14.7 x 49.2 cm|
|Condition Report||Some creases and mica abraded. Backed. Slight fading and discolouring due to previous mounting.|