Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Mother and Child, Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners

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Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: 'Kawayurashisou' A house wife in the tenth year of Meiji (1877) with a cute boy
Series: Fuzoku Sanjuniso (Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners)
Publisher: Tsunashima Kamekichi
Date: 1888
Dimensions: 23.8 x 35.5 cm
Condition: Purple stains on left side.

A joyous portrait of maternal love, a housewife endearingly holds her son close to her bosom. The curved lines of her eyes show her happiness sharing this intimate moment with her child. Lightly dusted with mica powder throughout, the scene literally glitters with filial affection. The additional warmth of the composition stems from the contact of the two skin tones: the mother's skin is left unprinted, showing the soft off-white of mulberry paper, whilst the child is rendered light brown. The year 1877 marked Yoshitoshi's transition from poverty and severe mental collapse into widespread recognition, possibly suggesting the choice of such an amiable subject at this specific point in the series.

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Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title A house wife in the tenth year of Meiji (1877) with a cute boy
Subject Beauty & Female, Male & Female
Condition Report Purple stains on left side.
Dimensions 23.8 x 35.5 cm