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.
Ogyu Sorai, 1886 - Charming image of the young Ogyu Sorai studying a book while doing his chores. He looks up with a defiant expression, an open book in his hand. An ox stands behind him, and he has a rake tied over his back. Another child sits on the ground nearby, looking up at him expectantly. Ogyu Sorai became an influential Confucian philosopher and scholar, advocating applying Confucian teachings to government and social order. An intriguing scene with beautiful detail in the ox's hair.
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.
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