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Vintage Handprinted Reproduction of Yoshitoshi's 'Thirsty' | Authentic Japanese Artprint


Tsukioka Yoshitoshi - 32 Aspects of Women: Thirsty: Habits of a street geisha, a bar-girl, of the Ansei era [1854-1859]

This is a genuine vintage, reproduction of Yoshitoshi's Thirsty: Habits of a street geisha, a bar-girl, of the Ansei era, from the series 32 Aspects of Women. This was likely hand-printed in Japan around the 1920s, and has much authentic charm. Colours are still very vibrant and crisp.

There are visible flaws, due to print technique and age, in all the copies I have for sale. Most prints have a 1.5mm hole. I feel these flaws do not detract from the beauty of the piece due to the design and authenticity of the product.

I offer the best quality prints in our set of three Yoshitoshi art prints.

Paper Size: 38.7cm H x 26cm W
Print Size: 36.6cm H x 24cm W

About the Artist and Series:

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese: 月岡 芳年; also named Taiso Yoshitoshi 大蘇 芳年; 30 April 1839 – 9 June 1892) was a Japanese artist, widely recognised as the last great master of the ukiyo-e genre of woodblock printing and painting. He is also regarded as one of the form's greatest innovators. His career spanned two eras – the last years of Edo period Japan, and the first years of modern Japan following the Meiji Restoration. Like many Japanese, Yoshitoshi was interested in new things from the rest of the world, but over time he became increasingly concerned with the loss of many aspects of traditional Japanese culture, among them traditional woodblock printing.

A print from series 'Fūzoku Sanjūnisō (風俗 三十二相)', or '32 Aspects of Customs and Manners' or '32 Aspects of Daily Life', or '32 Aspects of Women' (as it is better known as today). The series dates from the very end of Yoshitoshi's career, in the late nineteenth century.