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Title

Looking smoky - appearances of the housewife of the Kyôwa era

19 May 1888


Artist

Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

In terms of the centuries-old 'ukiyo-e' tradition, the period from the mid to the end of the nineteenth century is considered the decadent period', since the prints are often characterised by crude and violent subjects, by harshness rather than delicacy, and by gaudy synthetic colours rather than the delicate vegetable dyes of earlier prints. Although Yoshitoshi's works fall within the 'decadent' category, he was perhaps the most creative of his contemporaries and capable of subtle, graceful compositions as exemplified in this beautiful print which shows a middle-class woman fanning a fire. The print belongs to the series 'Thirty-two aspects of customs and manners', which depicts typical moments in the daily lives of women of different social classes during the previous one hundred years.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 284.


Details


Other Title

Looking smoky: the appearance of a housewife of the Kyowa era


Alternative title

Fûzoku sanjû-ni sô: Kemusô: Kyôwa nenkan naishitsu no fûzoku


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

19 May 1888


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour woodcut


Dimensions

36.7 x 24.0 cm


Signature & date

Signed l.l., in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Yoshitoshi [and artist's seal]." Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1991


Location

Not on display


Accession number

368.1991


Artist information

Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI

Works in the collection

107


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: East Asia', pg. 246-287, Sydney, 1999, 244 (colour illus.), 284 (colour illus.). The image appearing on pg. 244 is in detail.

Ann Macarthur, Inspirations - Art ideas for primary and middle years, Carlton South, 2004, cover (colour illus.), 12 (colour illus.). card 12

Jackie Menzies, The Floating World: Japan's world of transient pleasures, Sydney, 1994, not paginated. (colour illus.). cat.no. M32

SEGI Shin'ichi, Yoshitoshi: The Splendid Decadent, Tokyo, 1985, 94 (colour illus.). fig. no. 56

John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's Women, United States of America, 1986. plate no. 6

Eric van den Ing, Robert Schaap and John Stevenson, Beauty & Violence: Japanese Prints by Yoshitoshi 1839-1892, Netherlands, 1992, 139 (illus.). cat. no. 63.6