Woman Holding a Tray

Artist: Hashiguchi Goyō 橋口五葉 (1880-1921)
Historical period(s)
Taisho era, January 1920
Woodblock print; ink, color and black mica on paper
H x W: 39.9 x 26.8 cm (15 11/16 x 10 9/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of H. Ed Robison in memory of Ulrike Pietzner-Robison
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print

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

Goyo's first figure print in 1920, his most productive year of printmaking, was this simple portrait of a plainly dressed woman holding a tray. The dark, iridescent mica-printed background, which dramatically silhouettes the head and shoulders, recalls a technique employed in portraits of famous Kabuki actors by Sharaku (flourished 1794–95). The subject of this print, however, is a woman of modest means, one of the waitresses who modeled for the life drawings from which Goyo developed his prints. Against a somber background and the subdued tones of her kimono, her green apron and red lacquer tray and hair comb form striking color accents.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
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