Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Take Out the Good Ones, Collection of Desires

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Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: I want to take out the good ones
Series: Collection of Desires
Publisher: Inoue Shigehei
Date: 1878
Size: 24.2 x 35.2 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

In this series, with a title expressing desire, or wanting to do something ('tai' - Mitate tai zukushi), Yoshitoshi depicts unnamed women in daily activities and explores their emotions, a precursor to the series 'Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners' published ten years later (1888). The text is written by Takabatake Ransen (1838-1885), under the pen name Tentendo Shujin. When read together, both text and image are filled with double meanings and innuendo. The women are beautifully drawn with delicate line work. Yoshitoshi pays particular attention to their hairstyle, clothes and surroundings, creating an intriguing storyline for every depiction in the series.

More Information
Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title I want to take out the good ones
Subject Beauty & Female
Dimensions 24.2 x 35.2 cm
Condition Report Trimmed, soiling, light creases and wear.

Yoshitoshi Tsukioka

Yoshitoshi Tsukioka was one of the leading figures in ukiyo-e during the Meiji era (1868-1912), and perhaps the greatest ukiyo-e artist among his contemporaries. Yoshitoshi’s style was dynamic and distinctive: he was known for experimentation in style and genre, as well as for his innovative works. No other artist had produced ghost prints or included a range of different subjects in a single series before he did.

The publishing of Yoshitoshi’s most popular, and possibly best, series 'One Hundred Aspects of the Moon' (Tsuki Hyakushi) commenced in 1885. Consisting of 100 prints, this series spanned a wide variety of subjects, such as warrior, animals, ghosts, natural phenomena, beauties and others. The artist’s early tendency for gore and horror was replaced by 100 images of lyricism, calm, spirituality and psychological depth. This series also seemed to mark Yoshitoshi’s artistic independence and departure from a traditional ukiyo-e style. 'Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners' (Fuzoku Sanju Ni So) is the series, in which Yoshitoshi’s new style, as seen in 'One Hundred Aspects', was successfully blended with the traditional ukiyo-e style. The series was published in 1888 and portrays different women. In 1889 another great series, called 'New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts' (Shinkei Sanju Rokkai) started to be published. In this series, images of apparitions, mostly based on folklore and plays, were depicted powerfully, imaginatively and very beautifully. This was, perhaps, a catharsis for the artist who claimed to have seen ghosts and strongly believed in supernatural beings.