Observant, A Kyoto Waitress in the Meiji Era
(okigatsukiso meiji nenkan saikyo nakai no fuzoku)
signed Yoshitoshi ga, with artist's seal Taiso, carver's seal horiko Yokichi, and publisher's date and address seal Meiji nijuichinen, gogatsu, jugoka; Tokyo Nihonbashi Bakurocho Nichome 14-banchi, Tsunajima Kamekichi (Meiji 21 , May 15) of Tsujiokaya Kamekichi of Kinkido
oban tate-e 14 3/4 by 9 7/8 in., 37.4 by 25.1 cm
A Kyoto waitress removes her metal hairpin to trim candle wax from a collapsible paper lantern. She is a fine example of 'okigatsukiso, or 'observant'. She appears focused on her task, but seems oblivious to the fact that her kimono and underrobe are half open. Perhaps she is a bit too preoccupied with the lantern and has forgotten to be mindful of her overall demeanor. A dusting of mica in the black area of the sky creates the effect of a starry night.
Highlights of Japanese Printmaking: Part Five - Yoshitoshi, Scholten Japanese Art, New York, 2017, cat. no. 98
Roger Keyes, Courage and Silence, 1983, p. 483, no. 503.21
Shinichi Segi, Yoshitoshi the Splendid Decadent, 1985, p. 93, no. 103.24
Eric van den Ing & Robert Schaap, Beauty and Violence, 1992, p. 140, no. 63.25
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's Women, 1995. no. 25
Akita Museum of Modern Art, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi: The Last Ukiyo-e Artist of Genius, 1999, p. 44, no. 179
Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Yoshitoshi: 32 Aspects of Women and 100 Aspects of the Moon, 2009, p. 16, no. 1.25
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