The Waterfall - Wednesday
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The Waterfall - Wednesday, 1878
Ink on Paper
14 1/16 in. x 9 5/8 in. (357.19 mm x 244.48 mm)
Description of print on verso.
On mat, in pencil: Marer 387, and title. Description on verso of mat. Artist's seal: Taiso. Signed: Oju Yoshitoshi. Carver: Onoda heri Naga.
Colored ink woodblock on paper; oban.
Meiji period Japanese color woodblock print with an image of two women. In a series of seven prints, Yoshitoshi depicted the consorts of the Meiji Emperor. These two women before a waterfall are thus identified with Wednesday (water day).
While the new Meiji government allowed artists more freedom in subject matter, this series was especially controversial. Even though it was obvious that these were the emperor's consorts, some prints, such as the one for Tuesday, showed a woman clearly preparing for bed with the emperor and such intrusions were not appreciated. Yoshitoshi was highly criticized for this series.
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