Series; Foundations of Morality and Success (Kyodo Risshi no Motoi)
Foundations of Morality and Success - Many artists created designs for this long-running newspaper series depicting both contemporary and historical heroes and heroines. These exemplary individuals were thought to embody values to both inspire and encourage readers. The series was published by Heikichi Matsuki of the Daikokuya publishing firm, a company established in 1763 and known for its high quality woodblock designs. Daikokuya commissioned leading artists of the day, such as Yoshitoshi, Toshikata, Kiyochika, and Kunichika, to create these wonderful designs. Beautifully detailed with fine line work and soft shading, these great Meiji era prints were singled out for recognition by the Japanese government when the series was completed in 1890 for encompassing such uplifting and noble subjects. First edition prints feature a patterned border in a variety of colors, while the 1902 edition has plain paper borders. A fascinating series and a great choice for a collector interested in life in late 19th century Japan.
Sato Tsuginobu Dying - Terrific depiction of the brave Sato Tsuginobu on his deathbed, one of Yoshitsune's loyal retainers. During the Battle of Yashima, Taira no Nortisune fired an arrow at Yoshitsune, but Tsuginobu rode his horse into the line of fire and took the arrow intended for his master. As he lay dying, he proclaimed that his only regret was not living to see Yoshitsune flourish. Yoshitsune kneels by his side, helping him to sit up as he listens to his final words, his brothers and friends overcome with grief in the doorway. A poignant image.
Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Image Size - 14" x 9"
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Thinning at edges, repaired. Light vertical line where backing papers meet. Please see photos for details.
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