Yoshikawa Kanpo, Maiko, Kimono Pattern

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Artist: Yoshikawa Kanpo (1894-1979)
Title: Maiko Admiring the Moon
Publisher: Sato Shotaro
Date: 1930
Dimensions: 27.6 x 47.7 cm
Condition: Foxing. 


Yoshikawa Kanpo is a Kyoto-born ukiyo-e artist whose Shin Hanga (new prints) were enormously successful. His publisher, Sato Shotaro, was in constant competition with Tokyo-based Watanabe Shozaburo but never quite reached the same level of output. Aside from being an accomplished woodblock print artist, Yoshikawa was a notable scholar with an interest in traditional Edo culture such as kabuki theatre, music, and of course ukiyo-e. In his later life, he devoted himself wholly to writing about these topics and only designed prints on commission.


In this print, a maiko (apprentice geisha) gazes at the moon, which is invisible to the viewer. The colour of her kimono perfectly mimics the hues of the night sky.

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Title Maiko Admiring the Moon
Subject Beauty & Female, Kimono Design
Dimensions 27.6 x 47.7 cm