One Hundred Aspects of the Moon - Considered his masterwork, Yoshitoshi's series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon features one hundred oban size woodblocks, published between 1885 and 1892. These quiet and reflective prints, beautifully composed and drawn, feature subjects from traditional Japanese and Chinese history and legend, rendered with great sensitivity and emotion. The moon appears in all but a few prints, providing a unifying motif for the series.
Yoshitoshi's innovative designs for the Moon series are often elegantly spare, with simple backgrounds that focus attention on the human figure. He combines the western influences of realism and perspective with qualities from traditional Japanese and Chinese painting, such as the emphasis on calligraphic brushstroke. The figures are carefully drawn with beautiful linework, conveying a real sense of individual character, gesture, and emotion. Special printing techniques such as embossing and burnishing add a sumptuous touch where appropriate, but simple subjects are conveyed in a likewise manner, no less carefully observed.
Prints from the series were released singly or in groups every few months, with the final image completed shortly before Yoshitoshi's death. The series proved tremendously popular, with patrons lining up to purchase the new releases as soon as they became available. Today, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon remains Yoshitoshi's most well-known work, characterized by his artistry, compassion, and sensitivity in portraying the human experience.
Takakura Moon - Lovely illustration of a great story of the escape of Prince Mochihito, son of Emperor Go-Shirakawa. Members of the Taira clan had seized the throne. Here, the prince escapes Takakura Mansion disguised as a woman just before soldiers arrived. The prince's retainer, Nobutsura watches as the prince and his brother escape. Nobutsura fought to defend the mansion and killed ten men before being overcome. He refused to tell where the prince had gone, even after torture. Impressed by his faithfulness, Taira no Kiyomori had him exiled rather than killed. Nicely detailed with burnishing on the black cap and embossing on the white robe.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 12 7/8" x8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - A clean print with nice color and detail as shown and nice margins. A couple light creases and tiny spots. Please see photos for details.