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Notes (1st edition)Posthumous editions of this print were sold in several sets by Tanseisha and Yuyudo: A set of 6 prints; at least two sets of 12; a set of 13, and a set of two by Yuyudo (this print and Rain at Yabakei).
Publisher (this edition): Tanseisha Hashiguchi Goyo Yuyudo Yuyudo Tanseisha Yuyudo Tanseisha Tanseisha Tanseisha
Date of this item: 1918 c. 1970s/80s c. 1970s/80s c. 1970s/80s c. 1970s/80s c. 1970s/80s c. 1970s/80s c. 1970s/80s
Notes (this edition)
These notes were written by the original owner/seller/auctioner of the item and may be inaccurate.:


Saturday, 3 July 2010


Hashiguchi Goyo (1880-1921) View Artist Bio


Woman applying makeup (Powdering)

Date Of Work



Privately published


21.125 x 15.5


Fine impression, color and condition.

Rare early impression with both seals lower left margin. PRICE ON REQUEST


Inventory Number

Woman Applying Makeup (Kesho no Onna) by Hashiguchi Goyo. Genuine woodblock print dated Taisho 7 (1918). Later impression. 21.8 x 15.8 inches. Fine color, condition and impression. Takamizawa publisher's seal in right margin. Maeda carver's seal and Ito printer's seal in left margin. Nice blind printing on kimono. Good texture and ink penetration.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

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Saturday, 17 May 2008

Shimpan Hashiguchi Goyo shu (New edition of prints by Hashiguchi Goyo): after Hashiguchi Goyo, 13 sheets, complete, published by Oedo mokuhansha
450,000 YEN
Wednesday, 30 November 2005

Limited, commemorative edition (about 1975) woodblock print by Goyo Hashiguchi

(1880 - 1921)

Title of print is Kesho no Onna

(Woman applying make-up)

Originally published in 1918 and was Goyo's second Bijin-ga print. Title of print, artist's signature and seal (above shoulder), Yuyudo publisher's seal on print. Limited edition stamp, 26/200 on original, custom folder. Printer is Sato Ritsuzou. Carver is Kentaro Maeda.

Very nice classic work of art!

Measures 54 cm x 39 cm. (larger than the latter 80s edition)

Original folder measures 64.5 cm x 52 cm.

The print comes in its original folder with washi cover slip and windowed front matte. It is not mounted and can be easily removed from the folder for display. The folder has some staining, as seen in the photos, but the print is in excellent condition, aside from some slight crease marks near the lower left half of the print. Barely even visible. It's as close to perfect as it can be. The impression is exceptional, as are the colors. Overall, a very beautiful, frameworthy piece!
Title: "Woman Applying Make-up" ("Kesho no Onna")

Date: 1920 (Commemorative Edition, sanctioned by Goyo's family, c.1980's)

Publisher: Tanseisha

Image Size: 11" x 17 1/4"

Impression: Fine. Sumptuous soft pink "mica" background; gold metallic pigment highlights; extensive gauffrage (embossing) to flowers and red pattern; skillful "bokashi."

Condition: Fine.

An exquisite image which uses the most beautiful paper to recreate the bloom of a young woman's skin. One of a very few reprints made with the blessing of Goyo's heirs in the 1980's.


Woman Applying Powder

Date: original 1918, this c.1980
Size: very large 13.9" x 18.75"
Condition: Very Good, some light soiling on woman's forehead, some light toning on verso that does not effect the image
Impression: Fine with gauffrage
Color: Fine, with mica background
Documentation: The New Wave: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, Bamboo Press, page 127. The Female Image: Twentieth Century Prints of Japanese Beauties, Leiden, page 40, Shin Hanga: New Prints in Modern Japan, LA County Museum of Art, Brown, page 31, image 23. Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints, Helen Merritt, page 73.

Authentic woodblock print. Showa era impression of the original 1918 print. Exquisitly produced with the permission of the family of Hashiguchi Goyo. Nice texture, excellent color, impression and ink penetration. Low reserve.
A woman applying powder, which depicts a young woman putting white powder on her shoulders, was Goyo's second print. His debt to masters of the Kansei era, such as Utamaro is clear, particularly in the use of rich mica in the background and the half-length sensuous close-up depiction of the woman. The use of gold highlights on the mirror and the woman's ring; the blind printing for the chrysanthemum motifs on her kimono border and the bokashi on the kanoko kimono desigh, further add to the richness of this classic print. Such details are also evidence of Goyo's high standards in the carving and printing of his prints. Goyo also reveals his own training in a more realistic tradition in the creation of a subtle three-dimensionality, for example, in the soft pink shading on the young woman's skin.

Hashiguchi Goyo was born in Kagoshima and his original name was Kiyoshi. He graduated as the premier student from the Western painting department of the Tokyo School of Fine Art in 1905. Goyo illustrated the magazine Hototogisu during school, and Natsume Soseki asked him to design the cover of his novel, Wagahai wa neko de aru (I am a cat). Goyo also won the first prize in the poster design contest for the Mitsukoshi department store in 1911. In 1916-17 he supervised the reproductions in the twelve volume ukiyo-e fuzoku Yamato nishiki (Japan brocade prints) selections from which I currently have up in other auctions on ebay.

Goyo's first print Woman at the bath was published by Watanabe Shozaburo in 1915. After a short time with Watanabe, Goyo decided to publish his own prints, producing thirteen prints before his untimely death in 1921. His nephew, Yasuo, published seven other designs following Goyo's death, from blocks that he had inherited.
Woman Applying Makeup (Kesho no Onna) by Hashiguchi Goyo. Genuine woodblock print dated Taisho 7 (1918). Later impression. 19.3 x 13.9 inches. Fine color, condition and impression. Publisher's seal in left margin. Uetani carver's seal and Maeda printer's seal in left margin. Nice blind printing on kimono. Beautiful mica background. Good texture and ink penetration. Comes with original presentation folder.

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