豐原國周Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900)
Kunichika Toyohara, Leaving a Bad Taste, from the series of Thirty-two Fashionable Physiognomies
木版画｜纵绘大判｜36cm x 24.5cm
Woodblock｜Oban tate-e｜36cm x 24.5cm
"The Thirty-two Aspects of Physiognomies " is one of Kunichika's most well-known -- and unusual -- series of Bijin prints. In these boldly pigmented designs, he paid special attention to the facial expressions and gestures of the women, giving viewers a chance to guess just what the subjects were doing and thinking. This kind of down-to-earth painting was the forerunner, in a way, of "Meiji Realism." Here a young woman holds her belt in her mouth as she prepares to tie it. But... what is she thinking? Perhaps, "This belt tastes terrible"?
Rich colors; wormholes on the top margin; backed