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Goyo (1880 - 1921)

Woman in a Summer Kimono

Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: Designed August 1920
Size (H x W): 11.31 x 20.8 (inches)
Seals: Goyo (front), Goyo, honke no in Hashiguchi Goyo (pencil), round unread seal (reverse)
Edition: Printed c. 1952. All impressions of this design were printed posthumously. While the work was printed after Goyo's death, the key block and color blocks were completed during his lifetime.
Signature: Goyo ga
Condition: Very good color and impression, light small stain bottom left margin corner, cream mica ground.

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The model Tsuru Nakatani is the focal point of this colorful print. She is dressed in a dark blue floor length kimono with pink flowers. She holds her obi as it drapes down onto the floor and she examines the portion in her hands. Her eyes gaze slightly down bringing attention to the right side of the print where the wall is patterned in a deep purple and a lantern hangs above her head. This print was printed after Goyo's death, but the key block and color blocks were done during Goyo's lifetime.

About the artist

Goyo Hashiguchi (born 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 the tutelage of 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 print artists, Goyo Hashiguchi 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, many of Goyo's works were left in various stages of completion. Members of his family completed these designs following his death.