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Woman Combing her Hair

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Woman Combing her Hair 髪すける女
by Goyo Hashiguchi (1880-1921)

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Artist: Goyo Hashiguchi (1880-1921) 橋口五葉
Title: Woman Combing her Hair 髪すける女
Series: 
Date 1st edition?1920
Date of this artwork?2010s (may not be accurate)
Publisher 1st edition?Hashiguchi Goyo
Publisher (this edition)?Watanabe 渡辺
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Large Oban
Format (this edition): Large Oban
DB artwork code: 34149
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:

Friday, 25 February 2011

HASHIGUCHI GOYO
Woman Combing Her Hair
Date: originally published 1920, this print is a later edition published by Watanabe
Size: large oban approx. 13.8" x 18.7" overall
Condition: VG, faint barely visible center fold; minor soil
Impression: Fine, with mica background and texture in kimono design (see photos below).
Color: Fine, deep saturated color, excellent texture and bleed through
Documentation: page 43 of The Female Image: 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties Hotei, 2000; this print also appears in almost every catalog referencing Shin Hanga and 20th Century Japanese art. It is one of the most recognizable prints of the era.

Watanabe is now publishing this design. It is a new release in the past two months. I would guess that Watanabe either rented or purchased Yu-yu do's blocks and that all previous editions are exhausted from that publisher. Not a fake I'm afraid, but a new edition.

- belsipe

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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