Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Hot Summer, Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners
Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: 'Suzushisou' A geisha in the fifth of sixth year of Meiji chilling on a hot summer
Series: Fuzoku Sanjuniso (Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners)
Publisher: Tsunashima Kamekichi
Dimensions: 23.8 x 35.6 cm
Condition: Faint pigment transferred from another print on lady's arm and forehead. Some blue pigment on lady's neck.
First edition print.
The chronology in this point of the series is set in the years of Yoshitoshi’s nervous breakdown. Suffering from mental instability and conditions of acute poverty, the location of the pleasure boat or floating restaurant for his portrait appears a faraway fantasy to the years he had experienced during this difficult time. However, the impersonal and cold temperament of the geisha suggested by the title reveals an interpretable link between the two. Despite her pleasurable surroundings, an uncomfortably cold wind blows through the air, a reflection of the dissonance felt from the enjoyment expected from her in her profession and the harsh reality. Similarities can also be drawn with Yoshitoshi’s life as an artist, an occupational path believed to be accompanied by a creative and spiritual fulfillment. Yet, these years haunted the artist with a financial and crushing psychological void. Interestingly, the portrait is made slightly suggestive, with the geisha’s breasts notable through her thin blue robe; the chill she feels arguably self-inflicted.
|Artist Name||Yoshitoshi Tsukioka|
|Title||A geisha of Meiji chilling on a hot summer|
|Subject||Beauty & Female|
|Condition Report||Faint pigment transferred from another print on lady's arm and forehead. Some blue pigment on lady's neck.|
|Dimensions||23.8 x 35.6 cm|