Hashiguchi Goyo: Combing Hair - Honolulu Museum of Art

Artist: Hashiguchi Goyo

Title: Combing Hair

Date: 1920

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Source: Honolulu Museum of Art
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Goyö's prints reflect the competing cultural claims of Japan in the 1920's. His women are flesh-and-blood beauties of the modern world, yet they are placed in the largely two-dimensional physical realm of Edo, or, in this case, abstracted out of a spatial setting altogether. In the commercial world of shinhanga (new woodblock prints), the use of idealized women as emblems of native culture became a popular theme in the late 1920's and 1930's. 2002

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