Hot Spring Hotel (Onsen yado)

Artist: Hashiguchi Goyō 橋口五葉 (1880-1921)
Historical period(s)
Taisho era, July 1920
Ink, color and mica on paper
H x W: 45.2 x 26.5 cm (17 13/16 x 10 7/16 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

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

A lush background of flowering plants gives this print a decorative opulence that contrasts strikingly with the backgrounds of shimmering voids found in many of Goyo's prints of women. In contrast to traditional Japanese prints, where verandas often face away from the viewer toward a distant scene, Goyo has used the corner of the rail to pose a model facing the viewer. Her kimono is printed by embossing the damp paper on a deeply carved block to simulate the texture of silk crepe. Although it was designed in July 1920, according to its printed inscription, this print was not published until after Goyo's death.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
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