Yoshitoshi: Genji Yûgao no makiYoshitoshi: Genji Yûgao no maki
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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)

Die ghostly appearance of Lady Yûgao, a mysterious lover of Prince Genji, vanishes under the pale light of the full moon, surrounded by the vines of a flowering calabash gourd. A very poetic interpretation of a scene from the 4thth chapter of Murasaki Shikibu’s famous novel Genji Monogatari.

Title: Genji Yûgao no maki (The Yûgao chapter from the Tale of Prince Genj)

Series: Tsuki hyakushi (One Hundred Aspects of the Moon)

Signature: Yoshitoshi

Seal: Taiso

Block cutter: Yamamoto

Publisher: Akiyama Buemon, Tokyo

Date: Meiji 19 (1886)

Size: Vertical Oban, 32,9 x 22,3 cm (image size)

Excellent impression in very good colour., with gauffrage. Paper a little age toned, very few small stains, right margin a little brownish, a small tear and tiny paper loss in bottom right margin. One of the most intriguing images in the series.

Cf. Stevenson, Yoshitoshi’s one hundred aspects of the moon, No. 29 (Ill.). Van den Ing/Schaap, Beauty & Violence, No. 54.28 (list) and p. 74, pl. 54.28.