Hosokawa Yusai

by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

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Hosokawa Yusai by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

Original Kiyochika (1847 - 1915) Japanese Woodblock Print
Hosokawa Yusai

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.

Hosokawa Yusai - Handsome portrait of the samurai Hosokawa Yusai ready for battle. He stands next to his lively white horse, dressed in full armor complete with a face mask and battle helmet with white flowing hair. He carries a pole arm and is armed with two swords, his personal standard fluttering above his head. A full moon glows softly in the evening sky beyond a silhouetted mountain. Beautifully detailed and shaded.

Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

Image Size - 13 5/8" x 9 1/8"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with somewhat stiff paper. Light toning. Some prints have a couple small spots. Please see photos for details.

Hosokawa Yusai by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Hosokawa Yusai by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

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