Woman in Summer Dress

Artist: Hashiguchi Goyō 橋口五葉 (1880-1921)
Historical period(s)
Taisho era, June 1920
Ink, color and mica on paper
H x W: 44.9 x 28.9 cm (17 11/16 x 11 3/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of H. Ed Robison in memory of Ulrike Pietzner-Robison
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print

Japan, Taisho era (1912 - 1926), woman
Provenance research underway.

In contrast to Goyo's other prints of women, where the model poses in three-quarter view, the artist portrays the model Nakatani Tsuru in an unusually direct posture facing the viewer. Her gauzy kimono, printed in black tones over gray, subtly reveals the contours of her body. A silvery mica background heightens the effect of the simple composition, where the central figure is balanced only by the edge of a lacquered mirror stand and an informally draped cotton towel.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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