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A representative work by Goyo Hashiguchi, a leader of the Taisho shin-hanga “new print” movement.
I think this work is well known because it was released as a postage stamp together with “Woman Combing Her Hair” in 1987.
This motif of grooming while holding a mirror in the hand is often seen in Ukiyo-e but the figure is depicted as a realistic, sensual contemporary beauty.
The Art Nouveau design on the mirror and the ring glittering on the right hand feel Taisho era modern.
Unlike in Edo period ukiyo-e, in which the hairline and stray hairs were left up to the carver and printer, you can see the cooperative work with detailed instructions from Goyo.
The careful expression of the fine pattern of the Kanoko dyed cloth and soft texture has become highly artistic, taking a line from ukiyo-e genre painting.
Even though he inherited the tradition of paintings of beautiful women, Goyo, who felt that fine, delicate lines, brush strokes, and Japanese washi paper were best suited to express the beauty of Japanese women, succeeded in establishing the field of shin-hanga “new prints” as he added design learned by studying Western painting and a new sense.