Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Moon of the Pleasure Quarters, Yoshiwara, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: Moon of the Pleasure Quarters
Series title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Size: 24.5 x 35.7 cm
Condition: Crease on the right margin, minor stains in the middle and the bottom.
'One Hundred Aspects of the Moon' is one of Yoshitoshi's most popular series. It contains one hundred woodblock prints depicting various, unrelated figures from Japanese and Chinese culture, with the moon as its unifying theme and exploring a range of tones and emotions for the subjects depicted. Yoshitoshi worked within a traditional art form, yet his drawings incorporated western techniques and were unlike any style that had come before him. The series was begun in 1885 and completed just before the artist's death in 1892.
This design is based in Yoshiwara, the main pleasure district in Edo period. Every spring, cherry trees in bloom would line the main avenue called Nakanocho. This was also the time when courtesans would parade in their highest fashion, an occasion for many parties and festivities. In here, a courtesan is taking a walk with her assistant under the full moon. They stop for a moment to admire the falling petals that surround them, a traditional symbol of fragile beauty and transitory nature of life.
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Artist Name||Yoshitoshi Tsukioka|
|Title||Moon of the Pleasure Quarters|
|Subject||Beauty & Female, Kimono Design|
|Dimensions||24.5 x 35.7 cm|
|Condition Report||Crease on the right margin, minor stains in the middle and the bottom.|
|Series||One Hundred Aspects of the Moon|