Artist: Hashiguchi Goyo
Title: Woman Dressing- Woman in a Long Undergarment — 長襦袢を着たる女
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The history behind this print- Goyo designed one print with the venerable publisher Watanabe and then decided to publish his subsequent works privately (including this design). He only made 14 print designs in his career and Goyo's prints immediately commanded high prices in the market. At the time of his death, Goyo left several works uncompleted and his wood blocks for the completed prints were intact until the Kanto earthquake. His family published his uncompleted designs and reissued some prints of his previous works from the original blocks. Our print offered this evening is from one of the posthumous 1922 printing reissues of the "Beauty Dressing." This print was collected by an elderly Japanese dealer who resided mostly in the USA after WWII. He purchased this print in the early 1960's. When in Tokyo, he was a friend of Saito's, an acquaintance of Jacoulet and knew several other prominent figures in the field of Japanese art. He died last year and left a few favorite treasures behind. This print is one of those treasured possessions. This design; Beauty Dressing- A jewel of the 20th century print period, this Goyo masterpiece is one of his most well known images. The young beauty is shown dressing after a bath. The long narrow format of this print accentuates her slender figure. In this print, the pale background is printed with a shimmering mica ink just like the original, the cotton kimono printed with a subtle embossed pattern- both fantastic effects. A wonderful print that captures the essence of Goyo’s genius, considered a Japanese woodblock masterpiece. Signed- Goyo-ga Image size- 5 1/4" x 18 1/2" Condition- Perfect condition with no flaws to note. Excellent color, perfectly emulating Goyo's original. No fading, fine linework, rivaling the first edition Goyo prints. This print has been stored only, never framed.