Scene from Yamato Nishiki Asahi no Hataage

by Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)

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Scene from Yamato Nishiki Asahi no Hataage by Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)

Original Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from Yamato Nishiki Asahi no Hataage

Osaka Prints - Produced in the Kansai region, including Osaka and Kyoto, Osaka prints or kamigata-e are instantly distinguishable from typical Edo ukiyo-e. A major difference is the choice of subject matter. Osaka prints were nearly always portraits of actors or kabuki scenes. In contrast, Edo print subjects included beauties, landscapes, nature scenes, warriors, and historic events, in addition to kabuki.

Distinctly different artistic styles also emerged in Edo and Osaka in the 18th and 19th century, resulting in certain recognizable characteristics for each area. Osaka prints feature more subtle, serious figures, reflecting the wagoto or soft style of acting prevalent in the area, along with distinctive facial expressions. The aragato or brash manner of acting popular in Edo influenced print designs towards bolder images of heroism and military prowess.

Much like the style of the prints, the demand for ukiyo-e in the cities of Osaka and Edo also varied. Osaka produced far fewer ukiyo-e designs than Edo did. As a consequence, Osaka prints are rarer and also some of the highest quality prints made in the 19th century, with many featuring deluxe techniques such as burnishing or embossing. Osaka prints are a rare and wonderful collecting area of Japanese woodblocks.

Comments - Dramatic depiction of the samurai Yoshimura committing seppuku or ritual suicide. He kneels atop an enemy at right, plunging his sword into his stomach as he looks over his shoulder at the warrior at left. Detailed with lacquer on the black robe, embossing on Yoshimura's white loincloth and bandages, and accents of metallic pigment that have oxidized to a dark tone. From left, the actors are Jitsukawa Yaozo I and Arashi Rikan IV.

Artist - Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)

Image Size - 9 3/4" x 14" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with good color and detail as shown. Two separate panels. Horizontal and diagonal folds. A few repairs, wrinkling throughout. Please see photos for details.

Scene from Yamato Nishiki Asahi no Hataage by Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)
Scene from Yamato Nishiki Asahi no Hataage by Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)

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