(Japan 1839 – 1892)
The Yūgao chapter from ‘The Tale of Genji’
- Other titles:
- Chapter Yûgao of the Tale of Genji, The twilight beauty (Chapter 4)
- 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: Meiji period 1868–1912
- colour woodcut
- 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.
- Purchased 1994
- Accession number