Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Candlelight, Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: ‘Nomitasou’ A wine-server of the Ansei era (1854-1860) eager for a sip
Series: Fuzoku Sanjuniso (Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners)
Publisher: Tsunashima Kamekichi
Date: 1888
Dimensions: 23.8 x 35.5 cm


First edition print.


Smiling amicably, a low-class geisha kneels down to serve her client a drink of sake. Comically, the title suggests that she too would like to relax her professional duties and join the revelry. The cosy scene is heightened by the warm candlelight to the left and the pink flush around her eyes, implying that she may already be tipsy. Her clothes also suggest the winter season, made modest with the simple checked design of her thickly layered kimono. Yoshitoshi adds a pleasing textural finish to the print, emulating the natural wood grain that occurs in Japanese woodblock prints in the upper right title cartouche to suggest an Edo period signboard.

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Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title A Wine Server of the Ansei Era Eager for a Sip
Subject Beauty & Female
Condition Report Some pinholes. Small stain on left side.
Dimensions 23.8 x 35.5 cm