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Woman Holding a Tray - Bon Moteru Onna

Woman Holding a Tray - Bon Moteru Onna
by Goyo Hashiguchi (1880-1921)

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Artist: Goyo Hashiguchi (1880-1921) 橋口五葉
Title: Woman Holding a Tray - Bon Moteru Onna
Series: 
Date 1st edition?1920
Date of this artwork?1970s/80s (may not be accurate)
Publisher 1st edition?Hashiguchi Goyo
Publisher (this edition)?Yuyudo 悠々洞出
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Large Oban
Format (this edition): Large Oban
DB artwork code: 34489
Notes (1st edition)?Artist: Goyo, Hashiguchi, 1880-1921
Title: Woman Holding a Tray
Date: 1920
Medium: woodblock
Illustrated:
Female Image, pl. 14
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:

Waitress with a Tray (Bon Moteru Onna), January 1920

Hashiguchi Goyo, 20th century master-


Hashiguchi Goyo is one of the most famous and admired artists of 20th century Japanese woodblocks. He is sometimes referred to as the “Taisho Utamaro” as his incredible designs of women reached heights never seen again in 20th century woodblock prints. His sensitively to his subjects, innate understanding of, and successful portrayal of those subjects in woodblock prints, make Goyo one of the artistic geniuses of the 20th century.

Goyo died unexpectedly in 1921 at age 41. His output was, therefore, very limited and his prints are incredibly rare. Additionally, Goyo’s prints were done before the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. The devastation of the earthquake hit the woodblock print artists and publishers very hard and many prints and wood blocks were destroyed in the quake and ensuing fires. Original Goyo prints are some of the most sought after woodblock print images in the market today and sell in the $8,000 - $10,000 range and often much higher.

With the permission of Goyo’s heirs, a couple small commemorative runs of his prints were produced. These prints are also very rare today. But, they offer an opportunity to collect a Goyo woodblock reprint at a cost more in line with most collectors’ budgets. These reprints were produced to the same exacting standard of Goyo’s originals. Expert carvers were contracted to produce the highest quality wood blocks and printers meticulously reprinted Goyo’s originals with the same attention to quality and detail. These reprints are on beautiful, hand made paper printed with the same colors and mica detail as Goyo’s originals. The prints offered tonight in our auctions are from one of those reprint sets.

This Print; Waitress with a Tray- Beautiful image of a lovely young waitress holding a red lacquer tray. She is kneeling wearing a winter kimono tied with a colored obi. A classic Goyo bijin image on a shimmering medium sliver mica background. Wonderful print with all the elements of Goyo’s best designs. This 20th century Japanese print masterwork would make an stunning focal point in any room.

Signed- Goyo-ga
Image size- 10 3/8" x 15 1/4" (+ full margins)
Sheet size- 11 3/8" x 16 1/8"
Condition- Perfect condition with no flaws to note. Excellent color, no fading, fine linework. 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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