artelino
Auction SOSAKU HANGA AND JAPANESE PRINTS - 1512 - ending in 5 days, 7 hours, 1 minute and 10 seconds.

Fuzoku Sanjuniso II

By Yoshitoshi Taiso

Fuzoku Sanjuniso - Heavy

Fuzoku Sanjuniso - Heavy

Fuzoku sanjuniso or 'Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners' was one of the last series created by Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) and among his best and most popular ones.

On this page the print numbers 3 to 12.

First publication: July 2002

Production and Publication

When Yoshitoshi created the series fuzoku sanjuniso his artistic creativity and his recognition as an artist had reached their peak. Yoshitoshi had experienced hard times of financial constraints and physical sufferings before he entered his forties.

The publisher of the series was Tsunashima Kamekichi, the engraver Wada Yu - with the exception of two prints. Each print has a long vertical cartouche in the right upper corner with the title of the series fuzoku sanjuniso and to the right a square box with the title of the design.

Each design contains the signature and seal of Yoshitoshi together with a square box with the publishing details and below another very small box with the engraver's name. All prints and all editions from the original block bear the same date Meiji 21, meaning 1888 in Western calendar.

Editions

The series was printed in several editions that can be identified not only by making guesses about the quality of the impression (later copies from the same block get poorer and poorer as the wooden blocks get worn off).

The first edition was printed with three diagonal colors in the cartouche. The second edition has only two colors in the cartouche. And the third edition has no identifiable cartouche colors at all. It is a plain brown-gray.

John Stevenson mentions another edition towards the end of the Meiji period (1912) from recut blocks. It can be well identified by the lack of the box with the publishing details.

3 - Painful: The Appearance of a Prostitute of the Kansei era (1789-1801)

Japanese title: itaso kansei nenkan joro no fuzoku
Printed: February 25, 1888
Engraver: Wada hori Yu

4 - Warm: The Appearance of an Urban Widow of the Kansei Era (1789-1801)

Japanese title: attakaso kansei nenkan choka goke no fuzoku
Printed: February 25, 1888
Engraver: Wada hori Yu

5 - Refined: The Appearance of a Court Lady During the Kyowa Era (1804-1804)

Japanese title: hingayosaso kyowa nenkan kanjo no fuzoku
Printed: April 13, 1888
Engraver: hori Yu

6 - Smoky: The Appearance of a Housewife During the Kyowa Era (1804-1804)

Japanese title: kemuso kyowa nenkan naishitsu no fuzoku
Printed: May 19, 1888
Engraver: Wada hori Yu

7 - Chilly: The Appearance of a Concubine of the Bunka Era (1804-1818)

Japanese title: tsumetaso bunka nenkan mekake no fuzoku
Printed: April 5, 1888
Engraver: Wada

8 - Hot: The Appearance of a Wealthy Housewife in the Bunsei Era (1818-1830)

Japanese title: atsuso bunsei nenkan naishitsu no fuzoku
Printed: March 10, 1888
Engraver: Wada koku

9 - Amused: The Appearance of a High-Ranking Maid in the Bunsei Era (1818-1830)

Japanese title: omoshiroso bunsei nenkan okujochu no fuzoku
Printed: March 12, 1888
Engraver: Wada hori Yu

10 - Feminine: The Appearance of a Castle-Toppler of the Tempo Era (1830-1844)

Japanese title: shinayakaso tempo nenkan keisei no fuzoku
Printed: April 1, 1888
Engraver: Wada koku

11 - Frozen: The Appearance of a Fukagawa Nakamachi Geisha of the Tempo Era (1830-1844)

Japanese title: samuso tempo nenkan fukagawa nakamachi geisha fuzoku
Printed: February 25, 1888
Engraver: Wada to

12 - Heavy: The Appearance of a Fukagawa Waitress in the Tempo Era (1830-1844)

Japanese title: omotaso tempo nenkan fukagawa karuko no fuzoku
Printed: October 4, 1888
Engraver: Wada to

Literature source used for this overview of Fuzoku sanjuniso

Dieter WanczuraAuthor: Dieter Wanczura