Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Court Lady, Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners

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Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: 'Hingayosasou' A court lady of the Kyowa era (1801-1804) looks refined
Series: Fuzoku Sanjuniso (Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners)
Publisher: Tsunashima Kamekichi
Date: 1888
Dimensions: 23.9 x 35.7 cm

Condition: Faint stain on top side. Dark blue pigment on outer edges. Pinhole.

First edition print.

 

Yoshitoshi's portrait of a court lady in traditional Heian period garments shows the adherence to tradition within the imperial household. Ladies who served in the emperor's immediate surroundings were known as kanjo and were themselves part of the aristocracy. She gracefully rests a fan in her hands which serves as a signifier of her heritage. Her slender face and features are unprinted, bringing them into relief against the faint pink around her eyes, whilst the lines of her robes are subtly traced in yellow. In the printing process, the role of the artist was akin to a director of colour; here the treatment of the design is an exercise in muted tones, suggested by gentle gradations of white to pink, further enunciated by the robe's dominant red layer.

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Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title A court lady of the Kyowa era (1801-1804) looks refined
Subject Beauty & Female
Condition Report Faint stain on top side. Dark blue pigment on outer edges. Pinhole.
Dimensions 23.9 x 35.7 cm