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Delighted, The Appearance of a Geisha Today (1888)

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About the Art

A young geisha knocks a firefly down with her fan, then grips it between her teeth, leaving her hands free to capture the insect.

She wears a light summer kimono to the firefly party, and her arm is visible through the elegant sheer fabric. We see several more insects illuminating the night sky behind her.

This print is taken from Yoshitoshi's finest series of bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women), "Thirty-two Aspects of Women". The series lightly parodies the 32 notable features of Buddha, and features women from all social classes in scenes from daily life, as a celebration of every day beauty.

The women are depicted in a realistic fashion, as individuals, rather than the idealized creatures of earlier ukiyo-e artists. Yoshitoshi takes great care with the details of the hair, features, and delicate garments.

The printmakers took similar care, embellishing the prints with fine bokashi shading and other technical effects to enhance the sumptuous details.

During his life, he produced as many as 10,000 prints in total, including many series. His career spanned a pivotal period in Japanese history, as he lived through the transition from the old feudal Japan to the beginning of the new modern Japan. Like many Japanese, while interested in new innovations from overseas, over time he became increasingly concerned with the loss of many cultural treasures from traditional Japan, among them the classic woodblock print.

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