Senso-e - Senso-e are prints depicting wars, most often the Sino-Japanese War of 1894 - 1895 and the Russo-Japanese War in 1904 - 1905. Primarily triptychs, these images filled the journalistic need for illustrations of current activities on the battle front, but also acted as propaganda, encouraging support for the wars and fostering patriotism. These prints emphasized the bravery and success of the army and navy, using dramatic designs and bold compositions, with customers eagerly purchasing the latest prints. Some famous Meiji era artists did senso-e, including Kiyochika, Chikanobu, and Gekko. By the time the Russo-Japanese War came around, woodblock prints had fallen out of favor due to competition with photography and lithography, so fewer designs exist from this time period as compared to the Sino-Japanese War.
Special detail - Metallic pigment that has oxidized to a dark tone on the Admiral's robe and the tablecloth.
Artist - Toshihide (1863 - 1925)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 27 5/8" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Vertical folds between panels. Small repair, light horizontal line where backing papers meet, light offsetting from metallic pigment. Please see photos for details.