- Other Titles
- Chapter Yûgao of the Tale of Genji
The twilight beauty (Chapter 4)
- Alternative title
- Tsuki hyaku sugata: Genji Yûgao no maki
- Place where the work was made
- Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
- Media category
- Materials used
- colour woodcut
- 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.
- Purchased 1994
- Not on display
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
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.
Where the work was made
Referenced in 4 publications
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, The Netherlands, 1992, 74 (colour illus.). cat. no.54.28
Other works by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
The dancing pot at Ninnaji temple Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 1882 137.2019.1 On display – Lower Asian gallery
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