Woman in a Long Undergarment

Artist: Hashiguchi Goyō 橋口五葉 (1880-1921)
Historical period(s)
Taisho era, May 1920
Woodblock print; ink, color and mica on paper
H x W: 49.8 x 14.8 cm (19 5/8 x 5 13/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of H. Ed Robison in memory of Ulrike Pietzner-Robison
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
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Woodblock print

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

For this print, Goyo used an unusually narrow format that complements the long, slender figure of a woman adjusting her undergarment. The plain blue sash repeats the dominant vertical lines of the composition. The texture of the silk kimono is reproduced by an embossing technique called gauffrage, in which the dampened paper is firmly burnished over a deeply carved pattern on an un-inked block. This painstaking technique, which had been used in fine Japanese prints such as privately commissioned editions known as surimono, appears often in Goyo's prints of women.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
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