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Woman Applying Make-up

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1981,0410,0.4

  • Title (object)

    • Woman Applying Make-up
  • Description

    Colour woodblock print with gold leaf and powdered mica background. Woman applying make-up to her shoulder with brush and mirror. Inscribed, signed and sealed.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • April 1918
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 55.3 centimetres (Image)
    • Width: 39.4 centimetres (Image)
    • Height: 68.7 millimetres (Mount)
    • Width: 51 centimetres (Mount)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        right
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Taisho shichinen
      • Inscription Translation

        Seventh Year of Taisho
      • Inscription Comment

        printed on image
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        right
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Goyo ga
      • Inscription Translation

        Drawn by Goya
      • Inscription Comment

        printed on image
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        below signature
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Go
      • Inscription Comment

        artist's seal with representation of leaf
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        bottom left margin
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Sho
        Somekawa ? Kinzo
        Cho
        Takano Shichinosuke
      • Inscription Translation

        Printer
        ? Respectfully done by Somekawa
        Carver
        Takano Shichinosuke
      • Inscription Comment

        cartouche for edition number (not filled in) and cartouche with names printed in red
  • Curator's comments

    Smith 1994
    This is the grandest of the portraits of which Goyo personally supervised the printing. According to Blair (Blair, Dorothy, 'A Special Exhibition of Modern Japanese Prints', Toledo Museum of Art, 1930), the blocks and surviving print stocks of Goyo's small output were destroyed in the 1923 earthquake and are very rare. All of his female subjects are known to be geishas or waitresses in high-class restaurants or tea-houses, and hence professional beauties. In the 'Ukiyo-e' tradition of which he was a student he has concentrated the skills of the printer on the hair and the tie-dyed textile, as well as on the gilt back of the hand-mirror.

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  • Bibliography

    • Smith 1994 31 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2015-2016 Dec-Mar, Seoul Arts Centre, The Human Image

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1981

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1981,0410,0.4

Woodblock print. Beauty applying make-up with mirror. Gold leaf and mica. Annotations and seal.

Recto

Woodblock print. Beauty applying make-up with mirror. Gold leaf and mica. Annotations and seal.

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