A young woman is portrayed in the midst of folding a kimono. The scene is minimalistic, set against a plain grey ground. Goyō portrays the woman in a simple white garment with her hair tied neatly on her head. The pale sash is the only subtle spot of color. With a few sweeping black curves, Goyō creates the folds of the kimono, the lines of her body, and a suggestion of spatial depth. Goyo only left a drawing for this design, he never completed the keyblock. The printing was supervised by Yasuo Hashiguchi between 1950 and 1952
Sealed on Margins: Goyo, Hashiguchi Goyo and Goyo Hanga Kenkyujo
Goyo Hashiguchi (né Kiyoshi Hashiguchi) was born in Kagoshima to Kanemitsu Hashiguchi, a Shijo-style painter. Goyo began his career in Kano painting at age 10, moving to Tokyo in 1899 to study with the leading painter Gaho Hashimoto. He soon shifted to Western-style painting under Seiki Kuroda at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts, where he graduated at the top of his class in 1905. Shortly thereafter, the prominent Shin Hanga publisher Shozaburo Watanabe convinced him to try his hand at printmaking. Watanabe published Goyo’s first woodblock print, Nude After Bathing in 1915. Goyo’s sensitive portrayal of women in a delicate, serene and infinitely graceful mode led to his immediate popularity.
Unlike many Shin Hanga artists, Goyo established his own workshop. His standards were so high that he rarely allowed his editions to run more than eighty prints. This decision resulted in some of the most technically superb woodblock prints to be produced since the late 18th century. On February 24, 1921, Goyo died from an ear infection, the aftermath of a severe case of influenza. Goyo’s entire artistic career spanned 15 short years, of which only the last five were spent producing prints. He completed a total of 14 prints. At his death, Goyo left many works in various stages of completion. Members of his family completed these designs following his death.