Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Eating Tempura, Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: ‘Umasou’ Looking Delicious: the appearance of a courtesan of the Kaei era (1848-1854)
Series: Fuzoku Sanjuniso (Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners)
Publisher: Tsunashima Kamekichi
Date: 1888
Dimensions: 24 x 35.5 cm


First edition print.


In the heat of summer, a low ranking prostitute dines in view of the full moon, eating ebi tempura, prawns deep fried in a thin batter. She shows her relaxed manner by the way she casually impales her food with a singular chopstick and her loose strands of hair. Areas of her skin are left unprinted, leaving the fine quality mulberry paper in relief amongst the other printed areas. The crimped lines of the kimono and soft pink obi sash are embossed, providing a textural layer to the patterned robes. The greyish night sky fading to white and blue find echoes in her dress, subtly offset by the deep red of her inner robe and lips.

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Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title The Appearance of a Courtesan of the Kaei era
Subject Beauty & Female
Condition Report Minor pigment spots on the skin area.
Dimensions 24 x 35.5 cm