Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Looking Warm, Thirty-Two Aspects of Customs and Manners

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Original Japanese woodblock print. 

Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: 4. Looking Warm – habits of an urban widow of the Kansei era
Series: Thirty-Two Aspects of Customs and Manners
Publisher: Tsujiokaya Kamekichi
Date: 1888

Size: 37.1 x 25.6 cm


A print from Yoshitoshi’s series ‘Thirty-Two Aspects of Customs and Manners’, which chronologically depicts different women from the Kansei era (1789-1801) to the Meiji era (1860-1912). The Kansei era was marked by reactionary reforms put in place to rectify the perceived excesses of the Japanese shogunate, limiting trade with other nations by enforcing a stricter closed door policy. In contrast, the Meiji era saw Japan opening up to the West and even adopting some of its culture and politics. Yoshitoshi interestingly depicts this dramatically eventful history through women of various background and sentiment. The cosy winter portrait shows a widowed wife under the warmth of a Japanese kotatsu (a charcoal brazier under a table frame and covered by a blanket). Keeping her company is her cat, upon which she rests her novel. The cats fur is embossed through karazuri (‘blind printing’), adding to the intricate textures of the kotatsu cloth and the fashionable widow’s elegant winter robes

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Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title Looking Warm
Subject Beauty & Female
Condition Report Some crease marks. Residual wear and glue from previous hinges on back of print.
Dimensions 37.1 x 25.6 cm
Publisher Tsujioka-ya Kamekichi