Hashiguchi Goyo


Evening Moon at Kobe, numbered '1'
(Kobe no yoizuki)

dated Taisho kyunen ichigatsu (Taisho 9 [1920], January), followed by dark red title cartouche Kobe no yoizuki and signed Goyo ga with artist's double 'O' circular GY (Goyo) seal, with limited edition seal numbered '1' on bottom right margin; self-published ca. January 1920

11 7/8 by 18 3/4 in., 30.2 by 47.5 cm

Hashiguchi Goyo studied the Kano school style of painting as a child before he became a pupil of the Nihonga (Japanese style) painter Hashimoto Gaho (1835-1908) in 1899, and then the yoga (Western style) painter Kuroda Seiki (1866-1924) only two years later in 1901. In 1905 he was one of the top graduates in the yoga department at the Tokyo Bijutsu Gakko (Tokyo School of Fine Arts). He was a very prolific illustrator of magazines, novels, and posters while he continued to exhibit his paintings.

An enthusiastic student and collector of ukiyo-e, Goyo published articles on woodblock printing, including monographs on the artists Utamaro (1753-1806), Hiroshige (1797-1858), and Harunobu (ca. 1724-70). He wrote the explanatory section for a publication on Hiroshige's Edo kinko hakkei, and he supervised the production of Ukiyo fuzoku ya Yamato nishiki-e (1916-17), a massive set of 12 volumes with approximately 240 facsimile reproduction prints of highlights from traditional ukiyo-e. His involvement with these publications surely further deepened his understanding of the techniques employed by the artists and printers of the golden era.

In 1915 he published his first print with the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo, a collaboration which apparently was not satisfying for Goyo, as he published all of his subsequent prints independently, hiring and supervising block carvers and printers in a studio he established in his home. His affinity with ukiyo-e evident; the lavish mica background on bijin prints are reminiscent of Utamaro's okubi-e; and his few landscapes, such as this one, all employ compositions and palettes similar to the best of Hiroshige's atmospheric works.

Kato Junzo, comp., Kindai Nihon hanga taikei, 1975-76, Vol. I, pl. 99
Amy Reigle Newland, 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
Amand T. Zehnder, Modern Japanese Prints: The Twentieth Century, Carnegie Museum of Art, 2009, p. 36
Carolyn M. Putney, et. al., Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, Toledo Museum of Art, 2013, p. 77, cat. 1
Andreas Marks, Seven Masters: 20th Century Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2015, p. 41, cat. no. 3

(inv. no. C-3219)

price: $6,500 (reserved)


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