ObeliskTsukioka Yoshitoshi

100 Aspects, No 1. The Courtesan Takao

100 Aspects, No 1. The Courtesan Takao, 1885, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
100 Aspects, No 1. The Courtesan Takao, zoomed in
36.8 cm24.1 cm

100 Aspects, No 1. The Courtesan Takao is an Edo Period Wood Block Print created by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi in 1885. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged The Moon. SourceDownload

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In the sixteenth century in Japan, there was a famous lineage of courtesans who went by the name Takao. Yoshitoshi’s biographer John Stevenson suggests this image may be the 6th Takao, who was also known for her poetry — inspired by birdsong and her distant lover to compose the verse: “By now you must be near Komakata - a cuckoo calls.”

Reed Enger, "100 Aspects, No 1. The Courtesan Takao," in Obelisk Art History, Published August 17, 2017; last modified August 17, 2017, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/tsukioka-yoshitoshi/001-the-courtesan-takao/.

Further reading atyoshitoshi.verwoerd.info
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