Hot Spring Hotel (Onsen yado)

Maker(s)
Artist: Hashiguchi Goyō 橋口五葉 (1880-1921)
Historical period(s)
Taisho era, July 1920
Medium
Woodblock print; ink, color and mica on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 45.2 x 26.5 cm (17 13/16 x 10 7/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of H. Ed Robison in memory of Ulrike Pietzner-Robison
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1993.54
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print

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

A lush background of flowering plants gives this print a decorative opulence that contrasts strikingly with the backgrounds of shimmering voids found in many of Goyo's prints of women. In contrast to traditional Japanese prints, where verandas often face away from the viewer toward a distant scene, Goyo has used the corner of the rail to pose a model facing the viewer. Her kimono is printed by embossing the damp paper on a deeply carved block to simulate the texture of silk crepe. Although it was designed in July 1920, according to its printed inscription, this print was not published until after Goyo's death.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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