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.
Chikako, the Filial Daughter - Intriguing scene of the beauty Chikako in the middle of an icy river, clinging to a wooden pole as she commits suicide to prove the sincerity of her prayer. During a famine, her father Zeniya Gohei developed a scheme to fill in a lake, turning it into rice fields. When his money ran out and the project failed, Gohei was thrown into jail. Chikako prayed for his release, and jumped into the Asano River in winter to sacrifice herself. Her hair is disheveled, but she manages a slight smile. She wears an elegant tie-dyed purple kimono with an olive green and black checked obi, the fabric visible beneath the flowing water. The current rushes past swiftly, and two geese fly overhead. Sadly, Chikako's father died in prison despite her attempt to free him. A striking winter landscape setting and a fascinating subject, nicely detailed. Includes burnishing on the black kimono collar.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
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.
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