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YOSHITOSHI Japanese Woodblock Print STRONG WOMAN DIPTYCH 1889 1st Edition RARE

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YOSHITOSHI Japanese Woodblock Print STRONG WOMAN DIPTYCH 1889 1st Edition RARE


Takishima Oiko Leads Saeki Urinaga Home

Number 23 from the Series New Selections of eastern brocade pictures

Date: 1889, with three color cartouché at upper right (first edition) published by Tsunashima Kamekichi/ signed: Yoshitoshi; sealed: Yoshitoshi, engraver: Horiko Wada
Size: oban diptych; each print approx. 9.375" x 14"; 19" x 14" overall
Condition: VG, (see enlargements below), joined and backed with centerfold; minor flaws (seems to have been in an album until recently)
Impression: VG,
solid key lines, excellent registration, with wood grain evident in right panel indicating an early impression
Color: VG, deep saturated original color with bleed through to verso
Documentation: see page 137 of Beauty and Violence: Japanese Prints by Yoshitoshi

Like all of the prints in this series, which are all exemplary of Yoshitoshi's mature style, this diptych is seldom seen, and extremely rare in first edition as offered in this listing.

Oban diptych by Taiso Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) titled The Story of the Strong Woman Takashima Oiko of Omi Province  from the series A New Selection of Eastern Brocade Pictures. The print depicts Takashima Oiko leading Saeki Urinaga home in an effort to strengthen him for a wrestling match. The artist's signature and Taiso seal are at the lower left. The lower left margin contains the date of "Meiji 22" (1889). The title cartouche is at the upper right. Published by Tsunashima Kamekichi.

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