Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Courtesan with a pillow, a hanging scroll painting
Edo period, around AD 1865-70
Painting of a beauty from the end of the Edo period
In this strongly sensual painting by Tsukioka
Yoshitoshi (1839-92), a
This mood of sexual excitement is visually enhanced by the pattern of dancing blue dots of her tie-dyed kimono against the dizzy black diamond weave of the sleeping mat. These in turn contrast with the unblemished skin of her face and partially revealed bosom. The woman's hooked nose and angular jutting jaw and chin are characteristic of faces painted by Utagawa school artists including Yoshitoshi's teacher, Kuniyoshi.
The signature reads 'Yoshitoshi hitsu' ('the brush of Yoshitoshi'). The seal reads 'Yoshitoshi no in'.
L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)
T. Clark, Ukiyo-e paintings in the Briti (London, The British Museum Press, 1992)
M. Narasaki (ed.), Hizō Ukiyo-e taikan, vol. 1 (Tokyo, Kodansha, 1987)
Width: 11.750 inches
Asia JA JP 1588 (1881.12-10.01754)
William Anderson Collection