Hashiguchi Goyo, Young Woman in a Summer Kimono

Hashiguchi Goyo, 1880-1921

Young Woman in a Summer Kimono
(Natsu yosoi no musume)

the waitress Nakatani Tsuru standing clad in a diaphanous black yukata decorated with pink cherry blossoms and holding an obi trailing on the tatami mat floor, designed circa 1920, posthumously printed by the Hashiguchi family, signed Goyo ga with circular artist's seal Goyo, and Hashiguchi seal on the bottom margin, posthumously printed by the Hashiguchi family, ca. 1952

obaiban tate-e 22 7/8 by 12 in., 58 by 30.5 cm

This print had reached the proof state before Goyo's untimely death from what began as a middle ear infection (tympanitis) that led to meningitis in February 1921. Goyo's oldest brother, Hashiguchi Mitsugo (1872-1930), inherited the contents of the artist's studio, including his unfinished woodblocks, sketches and preliminary drawings. From the period of 1949 to 1953, Goyo's nephew, the yoga painter Hashiguchi Yasuo (1903-1973), oversaw the posthumous publication of a dozen designs. The blocks were carved by Koike Masazo (for the keyblock) and Maeda Kentaro (for the color blocks), and the printing was done by Taguchi Kikumatsu.

References:
Kato Junzo comp., Kindai Nihon hanga taikei, 1975-76, Vol. I, pl. 93
Amy Reigle Stephens, gen. ed., The New Wave: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, 1993, p. 131, pl. 135
Mitsunobu Sato, Hashiguchi Goyo ten, 1995, p. 84, no. 55
Amy Reigle Newland and Hamanaka Shinji, The Female Image: 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties, 2000, p. 46, pl. 21
Amy Reigle Newland, gen. ed., Printed to Perfection, 2004, p. 64, no. 41 & 42 (keyblock proof)
Amanda T. Zehnder, Modern Japanese Prints: The Twentieth Century, Carnegie Museum of Art, 2009, p. 36
Koyama Shuko, Beautiful Shin Hanga- Revitalization of Ukiyo-e, Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum, 2009, p. 178, no-56 (keyblock proof)
Shin'ichiro Iwakiri, et. al., Seitan 130-nen Hashiguchi Goyo ten, 2011, p. 156 no. 406
Carolyn M. Putney, et. al., Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, Toledo Museum of Art, 2013, p. 79, cat. 3
Andreas Marks, et. al, Seven Masters: 20th century Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2015, p. 36 and p. 59, no. 24

SOLD

keyblock and mica proof

Hashiguchi Goyo, 1880-1921

Young Woman in Summer Kimono (keyblock and mica proof)
(Natsu yosoi no musume)

keyblock print with mica background and karazuri (blind printing) on the paper lantern; dated and signed Taisho kyunen jugatsu Goyo ga (Taisho 9 [1920], 10th month, by Goyo) with artist's round seal Goyo; designed in 1920 but posthumously published by the artist's family, the square family seal, Hashiguchi, on the lower right margin with seals hori Maeda Kentaro (carver Maeda Kentaro) and suri Hirai Koichi (printer Hirai Koichi), and on verso limited edition seal Hyaku goju bu gentaiban, dai toku hachigo (150 limited edition, special size, number 8) followed by publisher seal Goyo hanga kenkyujo no in (Goyo Artist's Association, Special), ca. 1952

obaiban tate-e 23 by 13 in., 58.3 by 33.1 cm

References:
Amy Reigle Newland, gen. ed., Printed to Perfection, 2004, p. 64, no. 41 & 42 (keyblock proof)
Koyama Shuko, Beautiful Shin Hanga- Revitalization of Ukiyo-e, Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum, 2009, p. 178, no. 4-56 (keyblock proof without mica)

SOLD


carver (Maeda Kentaro)
printer (Hirai Koichi)

verso seals
numbered 8/150
kikumon

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