Woodblock Print 'A Glimpse...'

Japanese Woodblock Print ‘A Glimpse of the Moon - Kaoyo’ by Yoshitoshi Taiso, c1886...

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Woodblock print #37 from the series ‘One Hundred Aspects of the Moon’

Artist: Yoshitoshi Taiso 1839-1892
Date Published: 1886
Engraver: not given
Seal: Taiso

The scene depicted here is partly taken from the fourteenth-century history book ‘Taiheiki’, generally translated as ‘Chronicle of Great Peace’. In the episode, Lady Kaoyo, the wife of an official at the shogun’s court, was famous for her beauty. Ko no Moronao, a chief retainer for the shogun, heard about Lady Kaoyo and wanted to see for himself. He persuaded a court lady to arrange for him to see her after her bath, the lady believing he would be disappointed in seeing her without her noblewoman’s usual makeup. Here, Moronao hides in the bushes of the garden as Lady Kaoyo finishes her bath.

Impression: good
Colors: very good
Condition: good, margins slightly trimmed, light water stains and dirt in the margins, unbacked

Mounted, matted, and framed under glass. Framed in a simple wood frame.

Print: 34.7 cm H x 24.1 cm W
Frame: 52.4 cm H x 42.4 cm W

Reference: ‘Yoshitoshi’s One Hundred Aspects of the Moon’ by John Stevenson