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Woman Dressing- Woman in a Long Undergarment

Woman Dressing- Woman in a Long Undergarment 長襦袢を着たる女
by Goyo Hashiguchi (1880-1921)

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Artist: Goyo Hashiguchi (1880-1921) 橋口五葉
Title: Woman Dressing- Woman in a Long Undergarment 長襦袢を着たる女
Date 1st edition?1920
Date of this artwork?c. 1970s/80s (may not be accurate)
Publisher 1st edition?Hashiguchi Goyo
Publisher (this edition)?Unknown 不明
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Large Oban
Format (this edition): Oban
DB artwork code: 33491
Notes (1st edition)?
Notes (this edition)?The following information was taken from the original web listing of this artwork. Often written by non-experts, there may be inaccuracies:

The history behind this print-

Goyo designed one print with the venerable publisher Watanabe and then decided to publish his subsequent works privately (including this design). He only made 14 print designs in his career and Goyo's prints immediately commanded high prices in the market. At the time of his death, Goyo left several works uncompleted and his wood blocks for the completed prints were intact until the Kanto earthquake. His family published his uncompleted designs and reissued some prints of his previous works from the original blocks. Our print offered this evening is from one of the posthumous 1922 printing reissues of the "Beauty Dressing."

This print was collected by an elderly Japanese dealer who resided mostly in the USA after WWII. He purchased this print in the early 1960's. When in Tokyo, he was a friend of Saito's, an acquaintance of Jacoulet and knew several other prominent figures in the field of Japanese art. He died last year and left a few favorite treasures behind. This print is one of those treasured possessions.

This design; Beauty Dressing- A jewel of the 20th century print period, this Goyo masterpiece is one of his most well known images. The young beauty is shown dressing after a bath. The long narrow format of this print accentuates her slender figure. In this print, the pale background is printed with a shimmering mica ink just like the original, the cotton kimono printed with a subtle embossed pattern- both fantastic effects. A wonderful print that captures the essence of Goyo’s genius, considered a Japanese woodblock masterpiece.

Signed- Goyo-ga
Image size- 5 1/4" x 18 1/2"
Condition- Perfect condition with no flaws to note. Excellent color, perfectly emulating Goyo's original. No fading, fine linework, rivaling the first edition Goyo prints. This print has been stored only, never framed.

Artist Bio: A Note on the 1970's/80's restrikes:

Tanseisha edition:

One of the 12-print sets, titled "Hashiguchi Goyo 60-Year Memorial) was published in an edition size of only 150 and is dated 1981, December 1st. I assume this to be the first edition by Tanseisha. It is obvious that Tanseisha subsequently published other sets after this date, using different printers. One of these later editions included an extra print, so a 13-print edition.

Yuyudo editions:

A 6-print set of bijin-ga in blue canvas tatou album with edition size of 750.

A 12-print edition, size unconfirmed.

A 2-print set of large-size scenes "Hand Mirror" and "Yabakei" with edition size of around 500.

Iwasaki Shoten:

Published "Woman Combing Her Hair" in an edition size of 180 in 1988, October 20 (see database entry 46012).

Watanabe Shoichiro: Watanabe has recently (2017 or earlier) started publishing some of the Goyo scenes.

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