Toshihide (1862 - 1925)

Shiwasu (December)

Series: Twelve Forms of Beauty
Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: 1901
Size (H x W): 14.5 x 10 (inches)
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Seals: Gosai
Signature: Toshihide
Condition: Very good color and impression, light surface soiling and wear on edges, embellished with burnishing and metallic pigment.


About the artist

Toshihide Migita initially worked under the name Toyohiko. He started off his career under the guidance of the Western-style painter Kunisawa Shikuro. In 1877, Toshihide began to study printmaking under Yoshitoshi. Toshihide’s best work is seen in his prints of the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese Wars. These designs stand out from the work of his contemporaries, as Toshihide did turn to caricature, but granted the Chinese and Russian soldiers dignity. He also produced a very well-received series called Twelve Aspects of Beautiful Women in 1901. This series reflected the influence of Yoshitoshi, Toshihide Migita's teacher, and Yoshitoshi's similar 1888 series Thirty-Two Aspects of Women.