Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Geisha, Meiji Era, Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners
Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: 'Abunasou' A contemporary geisha of the Meiji era (1868-1912) in a dangerous situation
Series: Fuzoku Sanjuniso (Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners)
Publisher: Tsunashima Kamekichi
Dimensions: 23.8 x 35.4 cm
Condition: A few pigment spots underneath top right cartouche.
A geisha looks tense as she crosses a body of water. She holds on to a post suggesting that she may be attempting to get onto a moored boat. Geisha's often entertained on pleasure boats, the favoured location of banquets and dinner parties during the humidity of the summer months. Her downward gaze is answered in vertical antiphony by Yoshitoshi's use of clear swooping lines that mark the folds of her kimono, naturally directing the viewer's gaze downwards towards the watery space hinted by the faint impression of blue.
Minute details make the entire series of Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners particularly enjoyable and here such details abound: the small ivy-leaf crest on her left sleeve, often borne by samurai families, calls to question her heritage. The title, too, probes at the real 'danger' referred to in the print: the crossing, the geisha's profession or perhaps the lady herself?
|Artist Name||Yoshitoshi Tsukioka|
|Title||A contemporary geisha of the Meiji era (1868-1912) in a dangerous situation|
|Subject||Beauty & Female|
|Condition Report||A few pigment spots underneath top right cartouche.|
|Dimensions||23.8 x 35.4 cm|