Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Modern Fashion, Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: ‘Nikurashisou’ A Nagoya princess of the Ansei era (1854-1860)
Series: Fuzoku Sanjuniso (Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners)
Publisher: Tsunashima Kamekichi
Date: 1888
Dimensions: 23.8 x 35.6 cm


First edition print.


Yoshitoshi’s “princess” is a daughter from an affluent family in Nagoya. Mercantile commerce and trade was particularly developed in the city west of the capital of Edo, giving birth to its own merchant culture. The young lady is decked entirely in contrasting modern fashions for her time: her striking garments combining both traditional motifs with more playful designs. The new wealth of the merchant class was free from the conservatism of the ruling warrior elite, allowing them to cultivate arts and craftsmanship that were daringly novel and indulgent. Yoshitoshi has paid particular attention to this, using an array of different pigments as well as printing over certain colours to bring out their different shades. The surrounding bold red hues find balance with the green of her sash, giving her whole appearance a vibrant harmony.

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Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title A Nagoya Princess of the Ansei era
Subject Beauty & Female, Kimono Design
Condition Report Minor red pigment spots.
Dimensions 23.8 x 35.6 cm