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Title

The twilight beauty (Chapter 4)

1886


Artist

Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

The series ‘One hundred aspects of the moon’ is based on views of literature and legend. Departing from the traditional iconography of this chapter in the ‘Tale of Genji’, wherein a page girl emerges from an overgrown garden with a fan, this innovative print instead presents Yûgao in dramatic profile, a spectre-like apparition wandering restlessly through her garden, her ethereal body entwined with the moonflower from which her identity is derived. Alluding to her mysterious end, this image created a new niche for her within Japan’s rich tradition of ghost stories.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW.


Details


Other Title

Chapter Yûgao of the Tale of Genji


Alternative title

Tsuki hyaku sugata: Genji Yûgao no maki


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1886


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour woodcut


Dimensions

32.9 x 22.3 cm image; 35.3 x 24.2 cm sheet


Signature & date

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


Credit

Purchased 1994


Location

Not on display


Accession number

648.1994


Artist information

Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI

Works in the collection

107


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Gary Hickey, Genji - the world of the Shining Prince, 'Genji in the 'Floating World', pgs. 30-41., Sydney, 2008, 38 (colour illus.), 39 (colour illus.). fig.20. The colour illus. on page 38 is a detail of this work.

Nicholas Jose, The Bulletin, 'At the Imperial Court: Shades of desire', pg. 95-96, Sydney, 21 Dec 1999-04 Jan 2000, 95-96, 96 (colour illus.).

SEGI Shin'ichi, Yoshitoshi: The Splendid Decadent, Tokyo, 1985, 61 (colour illus.). fig.no. 30

Eric van den Ing, Robert Schaap and John Stevenson, Beauty & Violence: Japanese Prints by Yoshitoshi 1839-1892, Netherlands, 1992, 74 (colour illus.). cat. no.54.28