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Woman after a Bath

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Woman after a Bath 化粧の女
by Goyo Hashiguchi (1880-1921)

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Artist: Goyo Hashiguchi (1880-1921) 橋口五葉
Title: Woman after a Bath 化粧の女
Series: 
Date 1st edition?1920
Publisher 1st edition?Hashiguchi Goyo
Publisher (this edition)?Hashiguchi Goyo
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Large Oban
Format (this edition): Oban
DB artwork code: 31983
Notes (1st edition)?Title Woman after a Bath
Artist Goyo Hashiguchi 1880-1921 Biography Short Biography
Signature 'Goyo'.
Seal Artist's seal.
Dated 1920.
Medium/Technique Woodblock print.
Description "Yokugo no onna" (Woman after a Bath). Goyo Hashiguchi produced only 15 woodblock prints during his life time. But their extraordinary beauty, technical excellence along with the rarity made them among the most sought after, most expensive prints among the 20th century Japanese prints.

Width Item 11.8 inches = 30.0 cm
Height Item 17.5 inches = 44.5 cm
Width Image 11.4 inches = 29.0 cm
Height Image 17.2 inches = 43.8 cm
Notes (this edition)?The following information was taken from the original web listing of this artwork. Often written by non-experts, there may be inaccuracies:


Impression Excellent … Embossed.
Colors Good … Thick and solid mica background.
Condition Good … Slight colored mottled toning on the mica background. Slight soils on the figure. The lightly mottled appearance on the upper right arm. A thin, rubbed spot on her chin. Light creases on the mica background. A section of mica dropped out and cracks around on the middle right background. A small tear of ca. 0,3 cm = 0.12 in ch on the right top edge. A vertical paper crack on the middle top background. .

Note Provenance: James D. Tobin's red oval seal on the back.
Tobin was a Japanese print collector, specializing in prints of the late Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods. His extensive collections Including books and photographs are kept in The Tobin and Van Zelst Collections at Northern Illinois University, USA.

Artist Bio: A Note on the 1970's/80's restrikes:

Tanseisha edition:

One of the 12-print sets, titled "Hashiguchi Goyo 60-Year Memorial) was published in an edition size of only 150 and is dated 1981, December 1st. I assume this to be the first edition by Tanseisha. It is obvious that Tanseisha subsequently published other sets after this date, using different printers. One of these later editions included an extra print, so a 13-print edition.

Yuyudo editions:

A 6-print set of bijin-ga in blue canvas tatou album with edition size of 750.

A 12-print edition, size unconfirmed.

A 2-print set of large-size scenes "Hand Mirror" and "Yabakei" with edition size of around 500.


Iwasaki Shoten:

Published "Woman Combing Her Hair" in an edition size of 180 in 1988, October 20 (see database entry 46012).

Watanabe Shoichiro: Watanabe has recently (2017 or earlier) started publishing some of the Goyo scenes.

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