Evening Moon at Kobe
(Kobe no yoizuki)
dated Taish˘ kyűnen ichigatsu (Taish˘ 9 , January), followed by title cartouche, Kobe no yoizuki and signed Goyo ga with artist's circular GY (Goyo) seal, with small red square-shaped 'deer' seal (of Goyo family) on verso
dai oban yoko-e 11 3/4 by 18 5/8 in., 29.7 by 47.4 cm
Goyo was both a collector and scholar of ukyio-e. He contributed to two major ukiyo-e multi-volume reproduction sets, and wrote monographs on both Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). His affinity with these two artists in particular is evident; the lavish mica background bijin prints are reminiscent of Utamaro's okubi-e ('big head' portraits); and his few landscapes, such as this one, all employ compositions and palettes similar to the best of Hiroshige's atmospheric works.
The deer seal on verso was applied by the Goyo family to all of his works which were in the studio at the time of his death.
Kat˘, Junz˘, comp., Kindai Nihon hanga taikei, 1975-76, Vol. I, pl. 99
Reigle Newland, Amy, gen. ed., Printed to Perfection: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, 2004, p. 65, no. 44
Ukiyo-e Modern, Machida Shiritsu Kokusai Hanga Bijyutsukan, 2005, p. 56, no. 142
Zehnder, Amanda T., Modern Japanese Prints: The Twentieth Century, Carnegie Museum of Art, 2009, p. 36
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