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A representative work by Goyo Hashiguchi, a leader of the Taisho shin-hanga “new print” movement.
In 1987, postage stamps featuring this and “Woman Applying Make-up” were released.
A woman combing her dripping wet black hair with a comb seems to float on a silver background. The appearance of her crisp, indigo robe and white skin peeping out from under it expresses a refreshing and elegant feminine beauty.
In the cool color scheme, the vermilion belt becomes an accent color, strengthening the composition.
A vague beauty stands out with the strong, rhythmically drawn lines of the robe against the very thin outlines of the body.
What is noteworthy in this picture is, of course, the depiction of the hair.
Goyo personally communicated closely with the engraver and printer and one ideal picture was produced. The delicate finish of each beautifully undulating hair is the fine technique of the Edo Ukiyo-e print tradition. While the techniques of mica printing and hair splitting are thoroughly inherited, the model is realistic and gives the impression of modern, Taisho era romance.