Paul Binnie Twilight

Paul Binnie “Twilight” artwork
Tasogare (Twilight), was the name of one of the tragic lovers of Mitsuuji in Nise Murasaki inaka Genji, by Ryutei Tanehiko, a 19th century parody novel (1829-1842) on the famous Genji Monogatari of the Heian period. There is also a Japanese verb tasogarete iru, meaning to daydream, or to gaze absent-mindedly, which seems appropriate to the dreamy expression of this young beauty. If you have seen Zabuton (Floor-Cushion), you will recognise the design, and here she appears in her original colour scheme, with a shaded yellow, pink and blue background, and on a pink cushion heightened with various pinks, silver metallic pigment and genuine 22c. gold leaf in a scattered cherry blossom pattern. Please note also that the cherry blossoms are quite different to those on the red-background version, and more blocks were carved for these colours to bring out the various flowers. There is extra shading in the body compared to other versions too, as well as an extra hair block and other additional shaded details.
Paul Binnie
Paul Binnie
Japanese title
Tasogare たそがれ
Series title
A Collection of Eastern Brocade Beauties
Japanese series title
Azuma nishiki bijin awase 東錦美人合
Colour woodblock print on paper
Paper dimensions (h × w)
45.1 × 31.1 cm
Image dimensions (h × w)
Edition size
Artist's proofs
Beautiful Women (Bijin 美人)
The same model as for Phoenix Dream
Non tattoo version of Kiyonaga's Pipe
Catalogue number
124 (L146)
Supplementary images