Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Geisha with Fan, Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners

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Original Japanese woodblock print. 

Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: ‘Niaisou’ – Koka nenkan kuruwa no geisha fuzoku (A Geisha of Koka era (1844-1848) Looking Suitable)
Series title: Fuzoku Sanjuniso (Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners)
Publisher: Tsunashima Kamekichi
Date: 1888
Dimensions: 23.9 x 35.6 cm


First edition print.


The geisha here is dressed like a fashionable young man. As Yoshitoshi indicates in the title, it becomes her – she looks bright and charming in her unusual garments. Her hair in arranged in a young man’s topknot style. The fan she holds is also a man’s, as it bears a character (‘nikawa’ – unexpectedly) rather than a flower or a picture.

An extra tone of grey has been applied with a wet brush to a special printing block and used to overprint the grey sky, giving an effect of light cloud through which the moon shines. This is missing from later impressions of the design.

More Information
Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title A Geisha of Koka Era Looking Suitable
Subject Beauty & Female
Condition Report Minor spots on the left-hand side of the print.
Dimensions 23.9 x 35.6 cm