Hashiguchi Goyo: Girl Holding Lipstick (Benifude Moteru Onna) - Scholten Japanese Art

Artist: Hashiguchi Goyo

Title: Girl Holding Lipstick (Benifude Moteru Onna)

Date: 1920

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Dated and signed, Taisho kyunen nigatsu Goyo ga (Taisho 9 [1920], 2nd month, by Goyo). Self-published by the artist in 1920. A bust portrait of a maiko (apprentice geisha, identified by her hairstyle and hair ornaments) applying lipstick while looking at a compact mirror. Her green kimono is decorated with butterflies and roundels of white chidori (plovers) on waves; the collar of her under-robe with tan millet on a soft red ground; and her obi with a geometric pattern in deep maroon and blue. The soft yellowish-tan ground is embellished with mica.

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