An image of The twilight beauty (Chapter 4)

Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

The twilight beauty (Chapter 4)

Other titles:
Chapter Yûgao of the Tale of Genji
Location
Not on display
Further information

The series ‘One hundred aspects of the moon’ is based on views of literature and legend. Departing from the traditional iconography of this chapter in the ‘Tale of Genji’, wherein a page girl emerges from an overgrown garden with a fan, this innovative print instead presents Yûgao in dramatic profile, a spectre-like apparition wandering restlessly through her garden, her ethereal body entwined with the moonflower from which her identity is derived. Alluding to her mysterious end, this image created a new niche for her within Japan’s rich tradition of ghost stories.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
1886
Media
Print
Medium
colour woodcut
Dimensions
32.9 x 22.3 cm image; 35.3 x 24.2 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r., in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Yoshitoshi". Signed l.r., in Japanese, ink [stamped] "Taiso [artist's seal]". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1994
Accession number
648.1994