Thirty-two Fashionable Physiognomies

Thirty-two Fashionable Physiognomies - Beauty

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Toyohara Kunichika

From "Tosei Sanju-ni So" ("Thirty-two Fashionable Physiognomies"). One of Kunichika's major works. The series showcased still typical Ukiyo-e beauties but their face expressions and gestures were livelier and more personalized. These down-to-earth beauties were the harbinger of "the Meiji realism" which became increasingly popular during the mid - late Meiji period. 


Date: 1869

Publisher: Yorozuya Magobei

Condition: Very nice crisp print, great color, not backed, margins as shown.


Article: Newland, Amy Reigle, "Time Present and Time Past: Images of a Forgotten Master, Toyohara Kunichika" , Leiden: Hotei Publishing, 1999, ISBN 90-74822-08-11-8, - pg.17. This series is described.