Nobility in the Evening Cool (Koki nōryō no zu)
Yōshū (Hashimoto) Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838–1912)
Meiji period (1868–1912)
Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
Image: 13 3/4 x 27 1/2 in. (34.9 x 69.9 cm)
Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1959
Not on view
Chikanobu became the most popular print artist of beauties during the Meiji period by depicting the Japanese nobility. Although the women in these polychrome prints wear Western hairstyles and dresses, their faces still resemble the traditional beauty ideal of the Edo period. Here, he pays careful attention to realistic details, such as the delicate moonlight, subtle gradation of gray in the night sky, pink flames in the gaslight of the lamppost, and burnished lilacs on the ladies’ dresses.
Signature: Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Japanese Mandalas: Emanations and Avatars," June 18, 2009–November 30, 2009.