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Looking smoky - appearances of the housewife of the Kyôwa era

19 May 1888


Tsukioka Yoshitoshi


1839 – 1892

  • 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
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    19 May 1888
    Media category
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
    36.7 x 24.0 cm
    Signature & date

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

    Purchased 1991
    Not on display
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 6 publications

  • Provenance

    Susan Ollemans Oriental Art, Dec 1991, England, purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Dec 1991.

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