three separate sheets; overhead roofless view of a large building with many rooms; group of men and women dining with woman playing shamisen in LLC; another group of dingers in ULC with three women in elaborate colorful kimonos; man in yellow checked kimono at center accompanied by two women; male servant in blue checked kimono at right with a lantern and a low table with plates of food; two women and a man dining at top center

Complete View of a Courtesan House in Tokyo, 1870, 3rd lunar month

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Yoshitoshi lived during a time of drastic and disruptive social change and is considered the last major ukiyo-e artist. He was born into a merchant family and became a student of Utagawa Kuniyoshi in the early 1850s. His earliest published print dates from 1853. Initially he designed images of beautiful women and actors in the Utagawa school style, but then shifted to a more realistic type of depiction. In 1858, he became an independent artist and focused on historical subjects. He gained a reputation as a "war artist" through his depictions of violence. After recovering from a serious nervous disorder in 1873, he started to illustrate newspapers. In the 1880s, he was much sought after and produced many great and important series, but illustrated also a number of books and was active as a painter.

Details
Title
Complete View of a Courtesan House in Tokyo
Artist Life
1839 - 1892
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2017.106.106a-c
Catalogue Raisonne
Keyes, Courage and Silence (1982), no. 269; Iwakiri, Yoshitoshi (2014), p. 295.
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three separate sheets; overhead roofless view of a large building with many rooms; group of men and women dining with woman playing shamisen in LLC; another group of dingers in ULC with three women in elaborate colorful kimonos; man in yellow checked kimono at center accompanied by two women; male servant in blue checked kimono at right with a lantern and a low table with plates of food; two women and a man dining at top center