Woman with Hand Towel [yellow mica ground, purple kimono]
(Tenugui moteru onna)
a rare palette with thin mica over a printed tan-yellow ground and pale grey-blue mica on the butterfly wings decorating the kimono, dated and signed, Taisho kyunen jugatsu (Taisho 9 , October, 10th month), Goyo ga, with artist's round seal Hashiguchi Goyo, designed in 1920 but posthumously printed by the artist's family in circa 1950s, with collector's seal on verso Honjoh (or Motoshiro)
dai oban tate-e 17 7/8 by 11 3/4 in., 45.5 by 30 cm
At the time of Goyo's sudden death in February 1921 (at the age of 41) he left unpublished prints in various stages of production. Apparently Goyo was able to select colors for a proof copy of this print (in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, accession no. 50.870), upon which he wrote the name Hisae, identifying a Shinbashi district geisha as the model.
Most impressions of this print have a silver mica ground and the color of the robe is grey. There are also several variations to the coloration of the butterflies on the robe, and the combination of silver, gold or dark grey mica used on her pearl ring. The use of mica on the butterfly wings seems to be unique to this variation.
References (all silver mica and grey robe variants):
Kato Junzo, comp., Kindai Nihon hanga taikei, 1975-76, Vol. I, pl. 92
Amy Reigle Stephens, gen. ed., The New Wave: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, 1993, p. 131, pl. 136 (test print)
Amy Reigle Newland, and Hamanaka Shinji, The Female Image: 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties, 2000, p. 44, pl. 19
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. 39, p. 1-48
(inv. no. 10-3668)
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