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Title

The Yūgao chapter from ‘The Tale of Genji’

1886

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    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
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

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