Artist: Goyo Hashiguchi (1880 – 1921)
Title: Portrait of a waitress
Date: Early 20th century
Dimensions: 27.8 x 41.5 cm
Condition: Black pigment marks on the margins. Tape residue at the top. Pencil writing on the back.
In this print, a waitress holds a red lacquered round tray on her lap. Dark grey mica is applied on the background of the print, giving it a life-like depth.
Goyo was renowned as the “Utamaro of the Taisho era”. During his short life, Goyo exerted himself with the project of reproducing ukiyo-e masterpieces in order to popularise the genre. Although Goyo enjoyed a successful career especially with the publication of “A Woman Combing her Hair”, in 1921 he died suddenly at the age of 41.
Despite his limited artistic output (only thirteen O-ban size prints), Goyo’s elegance and subtlety evident in his portrayal of beautiful women, earned him the praise of being one of the best Taisho artists in both Japan and overseas.