Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Cherry Blossom, Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: ‘Aitasou’ A courtesan of the Kaei era (1848-1854) looks eager to meet someone
Series: Fuzoku Sanjuniso (Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners)
Publisher: Tsunashima Kamekichi
Date: 1888
Dimensions: 23.9x 35.5 cm


First edition print.


The poignancy of this print is emphasised by the gentle fall of cherry blossoms. Spring conjures up the impermanence of love and human relationships, especially within the confines of the red light district of the Yoshiwara. Gazing beyond the prints borders, an oiran, a high-ranking courtesan, looks anxiously for her lover to appear. She is dressed in her own wear, quite different from the luxurious finery that her work usually demanded: the robes, loosely draped over her shoulders, stress her desire to show her natural self. Her hairstyle too is elegant in its effortlessness, allowing some strands to come free in the spring breeze. Although the season suggests that her romance may not be sustained for eternity, there is something magnificent in its fleeting beauty.

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Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title A Courtesan of the Kaei Era Looks Eager to Meet Someone
Subject Beauty & Female
Condition Report Minor spots.
Dimensions 23.9x 35.5 cm