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
Comments - Handsome kabuki triptych depicting a scene from the life of the great leader, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a loyal retainer of Oda Nobunaga. At the memorial service for Nobunaga in Daitoku Temple in Murasakino, Hideyoshi proposed that Nobunaga's infant grandson should succeed him, with himself acting as guardian. Nobunaga's sons were greatly angered by this move. Hideyoshi stands in the center holding the young Prince Sanposhi in his arm, frowning unhappily at Oda Katsunaga at left, one of Nobunaga's sons. Hideyoshi wears a black robe with a beautiful burnished scroll pattern (see detail below), and a black court cap. The bearded Katsunaga frowns up at him, his hand resting atop a fan. He wears a long court cap with a burnished dotted pattern. Two other samurai watch from the right, grimacing angrily. The actor at left is Ichikawa Danjuro. A lively scene with large figures and vibrant color, beautifully detailed with extensive burnishing.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 14" x 28 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. A few small repairs, light horizontal and vertical lines where backing papers meet. Please see photos for details.