Kiyoshi Kobayakawa (1896-1948)

Tipsy (8/100), 1930
Woodblock Print
20.50 x 12 in (52.07 x 30.48 cm)
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Series: Womens Manners of Today Privately published Fine impression, color and condition. In 1935, Kiyoshi commented on his own work: “I want to depict the society that is changing now – living people, the manners and customs of the environment in front of me. I share this approach with the early ukiyo-e artists (who depicted present day courtesans, geisha and actors).” Tipsy is arguably the artist’s most frequently illustrated work; portraying a beguiling self-assured modern woman, pleasantly tipsy on her (second?) cocktail. Kiyoshi took extra care in designing and printing the cocktail stemmed glass along with the cherry in a refracted double image. Her bold polka-dot patterned dress, pearls, watchband and cigarette, combined with the bobbed haircut place her among fashionable modern girls of the 1930’s. The artist used mica highlights on the pearl necklace, in the cocktail glass and white gofun to illustrate the wisp of cigarette smoke.

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