Woman Holding a Towel

Maker(s)
Artist: Hashiguchi Goyō 橋口五葉 (1880-1921)
Historical period(s)
Taisho era, October 1920
Medium
Woodblock print; ink, color and silver mica on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 45.8 x 30.1 cm (18 1/16 x 11 7/8 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of H. Ed Robison in memory of Ulrike Pietzner-Robison
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1993.52
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print

Keywords
bathing, Japan, Taisho era (1912 - 1926), woman, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

The bright colors of the cotton cloth held against the woman's face in this print are echoed by color accents in the butterfly design of her kimono. The composition of this print recalls the head-and-shoulder portraits of courtesans and Kabuki actors made famous by Japanese artists of the last decade of the eighteenth century. This print was one of three works in progress when Goyo fell mortally ill during the
winter of 1921. Production was completed by his sole pupil, Fujiki, after his death in February 1921.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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