Oniwaka Observing the Great Carp in the Pool, No. 7

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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Oniwaka Observing the Great Carp in the Pool, No. 7 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Oniwaka Observing the Great Carp in the Pool, No. 7

Series; New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts

Yoshitoshi's Thirty-Six Ghosts - In this incredible series, Yoshitoshi illustrated thirty-six of his favorite tales from Japanese history and legend. From charming folk stories to bloody tales of revenge, the series is the work of the artist's maturity and Yoshitoshi explores the subjects with great subtlety and psychological perception. As interesting to Yoshitoshi as the ghosts and monsters, are the human beings to whom they appear. Yoshitoshi was immensely popular in the last years of his life and the ghost series was greeted with great enthusiasm and a rush to collect among the Japanese public.

Today, prints from Yoshitoshi's Thirty-six Ghosts series are some of the most highly sought after prints on the market. A wonderful area of collecting for the Yoshitoshi enthusiast.

Bill’s Curated Selection Part II - I assembled this interesting and rare collection of Yoshitoshi over the last year. Yoshitoshi works are a personal favorite. I hope you enjoy shopping my collection as much as I enjoyed putting it together. – Bill

Oniwaka Observing the Great Carp in the Pool, No. 7 - Fantastic image from the story of Oniwaka and the giant carp. While studying at a temple, he learned that a giant carp had eaten his mother when she fell into a pool at the foot of Bishamon Waterfall. He immediately left his studies and hunted down and fought the monster to avenge her death. Here, he leans over the edge of a rocky outcrop, watching the giant fish below and waiting for the moment to strike as it glides through the water, a knife concealed behind his back. After killing the fish, Oniwaka found the remains of his mother in its stomach. Oniwaka grew up to become the famous warrior monk Musashibo Benkei, a trusted retainer of Minamoto no Yoshitsune. A dramatic and bold woodblock illustration of this classic tale. Bid now on this striking first edition design!

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Image Size - 13" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with nice detail as shown. Vertical fold at side. A couple small repairs, a few small spots, offsetting in margin. Please see photos for details.

Oniwaka Observing the Great Carp in the Pool, No. 7 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Oniwaka Observing the Great Carp in the Pool, No. 7 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)