Woman in a Summer Kimono (Kaso no musume)

Artist: Hashiguchi Goyō 橋口五葉 (1880-1921)
Historical period(s)
Taisho era, August 1920
Woodblock print; ink, color and mica on paper
H x W: 55.8 x 30.2 cm (21 15/16 x 11 7/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of H. Ed Robison in memory of Ulrike Pietzner-Robison
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
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Woodblock print

Japan, Taisho era (1912 - 1926), woman, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

This print of a woman dressing in a gauze kimono shows her in the process of tying the sash (obi), which is worn with an elaborate loop at the back. The red silk pad on the floor will be used to support the heavy loop and to secure it in place. By placing her in the corner of a room, Goyo has provided contrast and spatial definition through the patterns of the vertical walls and the contrasting green tone of the floor covered with mats (tatami).

Color and composition are particularly noteworthy in this print, which was designed in August 1920 but printed after Goyo's death in early 1921.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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