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Woman with Hand Towel
by Goyo Hashiguchi (1880-1921)
Original caretaker of this artwork: Floating World Gallery
|Artist:||Goyo Hashiguchi (1880-1921) — 橋口五葉|
|Title:||Woman with Hand Towel|
|Date 1st edition?:||1920/10|
|Date of this artwork?:||1920 (may not be accurate)|
|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):||Large Oban|
|DB artwork code:||32519|
|Notes (1st edition)?:||The key block of Woman Holding a Towel was reportedly made in October 1920, the soon before Goyo died. On his death bed Goyo asked Kikumaro Fujiki to oversee the publishing of this print. It was printed in two colour schemes by Kanzo Somekawa before the end of 1921. Unique to most of Goyo’s beauties, Woman Holding a Towel wears a gold ring on her left hand. The color of the robe and the detail in the butterflies varies between the two prints. The presence of mica gives the black robe a radiant sense. The printer was Kanzo Somekawa. Goyo seal on reverse for first editions.|
|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:|
|Artist Bio:||A Note on the 1970's/80's restrikes:|
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.
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.
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.