The beauty seated in front of a standing screen, gazing at peonies and playing her Chinese qin. Yokihi (Yang Guifei) was the consort of Emperor Xuanzong (685–762) of the Tang dynasty and known as the femme fatale whose beauty was said to put the flowers to shame.
Kyosai was apprenticed to Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861), then Maemura Towa and Kano Tohaku who was the head of Surugadai Kano School. He mastered his own distinctive style through studying a great variety of paintings including the works by Kano, Tosa, Rimpa, Maruyama-Shijo and Ukiyo-e Schools.
Kyosai applied very unique technique called urahaku (gold leaf applied to the reverse side of silk) to soften the gold ground of the standing screen depicted in this painting.