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.
Chapter Yûgao of the Tale of Genji
The twilight beauty (Chapter 4)
Tsuki hyaku sugata: Genji Yûgao no maki
Place where the work was made
Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
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.
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
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, Netherlands, 1992, 74 (colour illus.). cat. no.54.28