GOYO, Hashiguchi (Woman Holding a Tray) Bon moteru onna

Description: GOYO, Hashiguchi (1880 - 1921)
(Woman Holding a Tray) Bon moteru onna

Signature: Goyo ga
Artist's seal: Goyo
Publisher: privately published
Date: (Taisho 9) January 1920
Format: oban
Paper: 15-7/8 x 10-5/8 inches (40.3 x 27 cm
Reference: Amy Reigle-Stephens, The New Wave, 1993, no. 130

Goyo studied painting with a master of the Kano school as a child and went at the age of twenty to the Tokyo Art School to study western-style painting. He took his artist's name, Goyo, from the name of the five-needled pine (goyo) that grew in his garden in his native Kagoshima.

A versatile artist, Goyo produced paintings, watercolors, pen-and-ink drawings and numerous illustrations, including book covers. His oil paintings were chosen for exhibition in the Tokyo industrial exhibition of 1907 and by 1914 he was publishing articles on Utamaro and Harunobu, supervising reproductions of ukiyo-e masterworks in 1916-7. Goyo's study of ukiyo-e combined with his training in western-style painting to produce a quintessential Taisho-period style.

Goyo designed his first print, Bathing, in 1915 for publication by Watanabe Shozaburo. From 1918 until his death in 1921, Goyo hired artisans and personally supervised the carving and printing of his blocks. Only thirteen more prints were issued during his lifetime: eight bijinga, five landscapes and one in the bird-and-flower genre.

In this print the model is reported to have been a Kyoto waitress named Onao. The background has been produced using dark black-grey mica and is unusual among Goyo's work.

Condition very good: paper slightly toned, small residues of tape mastic at upper corners recto and center bottom, two tiny tissue remains on verso at top corners from previous mounting; impression and color fine

  • Number: 1650027 (XMW.01)

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