I N T H E P U B L I C D O M A I N : Y O SHIT O SHI ‘ S L A D Y O F T H E M E I J I E R A AT TH E N G A Carol Cains – TAASA Review March 2018


This article was originally found in the March 2018 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 27, Issue 1, Page 25).

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I n January 2018 the complete set of Thirtytwo aspects of customs and manners (Fzoku Sanjnis), a series of woodblock prints by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, will be displayed in the Asian galleries at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) for the first time since their acquisition in 2008.

Their creator is one of the most highly regarded Japanese woodblock artists of the second half of the 19th century whose work became well known and admired in the West from the 1990s. Yoshitoshi was an extremely prolific artist, producing over 2400 prints during a 40 year career, but his renown is largely the result of two series he created late in life: One hundred aspects of the moon (Tsuki hyakushi) between 1885 and 1892 and New forms of thirty-six ghosts (Shingata sanjrokkaisen) between 1889 and 1892.

Thirty-two aspects of customs and manners [Fzoku Sanjnis], Yoshitoshi’s most successful series of female portraits, was produced in-between from February to November 1888...