Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Iris Flowers, Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners
Original Japanese woodblock print.
Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: ‘Yu-hogashitasou’ A wife of the Meiji era (1868-1912) having a walk
Series: Fuzoku Sanjuniso (Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners)
Publisher: Tsunashima Kamekichi
Dimensions: 23.8 x 35.5 cm
First edition print.
The final portrait of the series, Yoshitoshi shows the most current phase of transformation in womens fashion. With the Meiji Restoration (1868) opening Japan’s doors to the West, an influx of new designs and fashions flooded the nation, altering tastes and fostering new trends. The Japanese upper classes turned to European aristocratic wear, replete with buttoned jackets and flower-adorned hats, an undoubtedly striking look for the generation raised during the closed-door policy of the Edo period (1603-1868). The blooming irises mark the comfortable weather of late spring and harmoniously mime the palette of the ladies garments. The main tones of white and purple are made vivid through the array of patterns and textures used to finish the design: the irises’ veins are embossed and the strands of the lady’s hair are delicately rendered, with details such as her ear faintly visible beneath her coiffure.
|Artist Name||Yoshitoshi Tsukioka|
|Title||A Wife of the Meiji Era Having a Walk|
|Subject||Beauty & Female, Flowers & Botanical|
|Condition Report||Some dark blue pigment on outer edges.|
|Dimensions||23.8 x 35.5 cm|