Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners, Kyoto Dancer, Beauty Portrait, Ukiyo-e


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Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: ‘Shidaranasasou’ – Kansei nenkan Kyoto geiko fuzoku (A Kyoto Geisha of the Kansei Era (1789-1801) Looks Relaxed)
Series title: Fuzoku Sanjuniso (Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners)
Publisher: Tsunashima Kamekichi
Date: 1888
Dimensions: 23.8 x 35.6 cm

First edition print.

A languid Kyoto dancer is taking a rest. The title implies her flirtatious and liberal nature. One sleeve is pushed above her elbow, tissues have been tossed down carelessly and two origami in the shape of cranes and an empty bowl of snacks lie beside her. The large number of hair ornaments indicates that she is an entertainer. Her blue silk robe has a sparrow design whilst the stylised flower on the sleeve of her robe is nadeshiko (wild carnation). The phrase has come to mean a quiet and traditional Japanese woman. The grain of the woodblock appears clearly in the blue of the robe while the white collar of her kimono is delicately embossed.

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